Previously at the ICA - Films
25 Oct 2015
The UK premiere of Morire Gratis, presented in 35mm print, with subtitles specially created for the screening.
Morire Gratis, Sandro Franchina’s extraordinary yet only film, is one of the most understated films of Italian cinema. A nocturnal road movie, rougher and more existentialist than Dino Risi’s Il Sorpasso (The Easy Life, 1962), Morire Gratis is a disturbing and tormented film which originally held the highly appropriate title of Il sole all’ombra (Sun in the Shadow).
The film tells the story of a drug smuggling committed by car. The drugs are hidden in the belly of a sculpture of a Capitoline Wolf which travels on the back seat of an Alfa Romeo Giulia driven by a “young Roman painter” (interpreted by Franco Angeli, an important Italian artist who died prematurely). In Morire Gratis Sandro Franchina—a friend and collaborator of Jean Rouch, admired by the Brazilian filmmakers of Cinema Novo Glauber Rocha and Paulo César Saraceni, and a protagonist of the Roman artistic scene of Piazza del Popolo—masterfully portrayed the restless face of the post-Dolce Vita and pre-1968 generation.
The Morire Gratis screening is part of the Tate Modern film season If Arte Povera was Pop: Artists' and experimental cinema in Italy 1960s–70s which is taking place at Tate Modern from Friday 23 October – Sunday 25 October 2015.
With thanks to Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Cineteca Nazionale and Archivio Nazionale Cinema Impresa.
And in collaboration with The Italian Cultural Institute
Morire Gratis, dir. Sandro Franchina, Italy 1968, 83 mins, b/w, Italian with English Subtitles
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