Faenza, Roberto

   Director and screenwriter. Born in Milan, Faenza moved to Rome to study at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, where he graduated in directing in 1965. In 1968, while still completing a doctorate in political science, he made his first film, Escalation (1968), the story of a bitter, no-holds-barred struggle between a wealthy businessman and his nonconformist hippie son, a struggle that eventually escalates into brutal murder. This was quickly followed by an even more ferocious attack on bourgeois conformism, H2S (1971), a futuristic dystopic fantasy whose name appropiately alludes to the chemical formula for sulfuric acid. The film's caustic nature provoked the ire of the censors, who delayed its release by almost two years. In the meantime, Faenza moved to the United States, where he lectured on mass media at the Federal City College, Washington, D.C.
   In 1978, having returned to Italy to teach at the University of Pisa, Faenza fired another broadside against the system with his ironically titled Forza Italia (Go Italy, 1978), a savage attack on the ruling Christian Democrat Party carried out through a careful montage of newsreel footage. This was followed by an even more grotesque critique of the Italian Communist Party in Si salvi chi vuole (Whoever Wants Should Save Themselves, 1980). After Copkiller (1982), a film shot entirely in English in the United States and starring Harvey Keitel and Johnny Rotten (John Lydon), and Mio caro dottor Grasler (The Bachelor, 1989), adapted from a short novel by Austrian writer Arthur Schnitzler, Faenza appeared to soften his tone considerably with Jona che visse nella balena (Jonah Who Lived in the Whale, 1993). The moving adaptation of a biographical novel by Jona Oberski that recounted the experience of a young Jewish boy in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, Jona earned Faenza much critical acclaim and a David di Donatello for direction.
   A now-mellowed Faenza followed this up with two further literary adaptations, Sostiene Pereira (Pereira Declares, 1995), from the best-selling novel by Antonio Tabucchi, and Marianna Ucria (1997) from a historical novel by Dacia Maraini. L'amante perduto (Lost Lover, 1999) was also a literary adaptation but this time by Jewish writer Abraham B. Yehoshua, set against the background of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Prendimi l'anima (The Soul Keeper, 2003) was a similarly sensitive portrayal of the ill-fated love affair between psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung and his young female patient Sabina Spielrein. Two years later Faenza returned to more socially committed themes with Alla luce del sole (In the Light of the Sun, 2005), a passionate denunciation of the murder of parish priest Don Giuseppe Puglisi by the Mafia in Palermo in 1993.
   Historical Dictionary of Italian Cinema by Alberto Mira

Guide to cinema. . 2011.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Faenza, Roberto — (1943 )    Director and screenwriter. Born in Milan, Faenza moved to Rome to study at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, where he graduated in directing in 1965. In 1968, while still completing a doctorate in political science, he made… …   Historical dictionary of Italian cinema

  • Roberto Faenza — (* 21. Februar 1943 in Turin) ist ein italienischer Filmregisseur und Drehbuchautor. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Leben 2 Filmografie 3 Weblinks …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Roberto Faenza — (born February 21, 1943 in Turin, Italy) is a successful Italian director.Born in Turin in 1943, Roberto Faenza gets a degree in Political Science and a diploma at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. He makes his directing debut in 1968… …   Wikipedia

  • Roberto Faenza — est un réalisateur et scénariste italien né le 21 février 1943 à Turin. Biographie Cette section est vide, insuffisamment détaillée ou incomplète. Votre aide est la bienvenue ! Filmographie 1968 : Escalation 1969 : H2S 1978 :… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Roberto Wong — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Roberto Wong es un artista visual nacido en La Habana (Cuba) el 15 de julio de 1961, graduado de la Academia de artes San Alejandro y radicado en Estados Unidos desde 1993 tras un breve paso por Bogotá (Colombia).… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Roberto Conti — (* 16. Dezember 1964 in Faenza) ist ein ehemaliger italienischer Radrennfahrer. Während seiner Profikarriere von 1986 bis 2003 tat er sich insbesondere durch seine Leistungen als Helfer für Kapitain Marco Pantani hervor. Nach dem Giro d Italia… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Roberto Visentini — (born June 2 1957) is an Italian former professional road racing cyclist. Visentini was born in Gardone Riviera, in the province of Brescia, and had a brilliant junior career. In 1975 he was both Junior Italian champion and World Champion. As an… …   Wikipedia

  • Roberto Conti — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Conti. Roberto Conti …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Roberto Paci Dalò — Infobox Politician honorific prefix = name =Roberto Paci Dalò honorific suffix = imagesize =150px small | caption = office =| term start = term end =| alongside = predecessor = successor = birth date =birth date and age|1962|01|27|df=y birth… …   Wikipedia

  • Roberto Conti — Infobox Cyclist ridername = Roberto Conti fullname = Roberto Conti nickname = dateofbirth = birth date and age|1964|12|16 country = ITA height = weight = currentteam = Retired discipline = Road role = Rider ridertype = amateurteams = amateuryears …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.