Marco Olivieri Knows Cinema Genius When He Sees It.
Reading Marco Olivieri’s painstaking tribute to one of Italy’s finest and most important authors and directors I thought two things: 1) I wish my Italian was better, and 2) Olivieri and I had shared a vision.
I saw it when I interviewed Roberto Andò this past summer. As a relatively inexperienced interviewer, I asked questions that I wanted to know the answers to and hoped that somehow I’d come up with something that would be of interest to others. But as Andò spoke, I was mesmerized. “This is an extraordinary man,” I remember thinking. “This is the future of Italian cinema.”
Journalist and scholar Marco Olivieri sees it too. In La Memoria Degli Altri (The Memory of the Others), rigorously examines Andò’s amazing career from his first feature-length film, Diaro Senza Date (Diary without dates) in 1995 to his latest and best, Viva La Libertà, starring Toni Servillo.
“In the cinema of Roberto Andò, memory is a lighthouse in the darkness,” writes Andò. “Andò continues to tell about the angles less visible from existence, but a little more ironically and allusively.”
For lovers of Italian films as well as those who are looking for a reason to once again believe in the Italian film industry, La Memoria Degli Altri: Il Cinema di Roberto Andò is an important confirmation that Italy is back in the film game.