DMovies - Your platform for thought-provoking cinema

Secretaries – A Life for Cinema (Segretarie – Una Vita per il Cinema)

Director - Raffaele Rago, Daniela Masciale - 2019

"Filthy genius movie"
Six personal assistants tell what was like to work in film when Italian movies won one award after another, presenting a history soon to be lost to memory - from the Cambridge Film Festival

Though it advertises itself an attempt to document the long-range effects cinema brought to Italy, this film is much more interested and successfully in representing the social history it so readily represents. From the profuse luxuriance explored on the screen, it was the penpushers, the workers and the everyday women who made this possible. In its own way, it’s a tribute to Italy, Italian cinema and the indomitable nature of the Italian woman.

The film’s ambitious time-lapse method, converging from the present to the past, is presented in an assemblage of photo clips, showing the women both in their prime and in the fortunes of their Autumnal years. As is the nature of time, these subjects won’t likely be here to detail their story of a sensational decade when the next sensational decade begins.

The importance of the documentary has been highlighted since Michael Apted popularised the formula with the 7Up series (1964-present). Where Apted showed the wonder of the ordinary in the daily life an ordinary person leads, this film demonstrates the glamour brought to the varying lives that sorely lacked it. It was passion and fire that brought passionate, fiery films to the big screen, a flamed passion the six interviewees still exude in their weathered eyes.

Inevitably, the directors and producers (invariably, men, each of them) would take the glory for the films, the publicity and the prowess bestowed on their shoulders. That a film goes out of its way in order to pay tribute to the women who worked tirelessly on the movies which made their employers rich is testament to the way in which the cinema world is progressing in its outlook.

It’s a treat for film students versed in European cinema as a impression of fascinating images populate the screen, many of them previously unpublished and unreleased. Silhouetting from black and white portraitures to the colourful present, the cutaways seem more dreamlike in their demonstration than naturalistic. The point of the film is to highlight the opulence of a form of cinema which had dated by the 1980s, an era of excessive, exquisite ebullience.

Secretaries premieres at the Cambridge Film Festival, which takes place between October 17th and 24th. Just click here for more information about the event, and also in order to buy your tickets now!



"Filthy genius movie"

By Eoghan Lyng - 02-10-2019

By Eoghan Lyng - 02-10-2019

Throughout a journey found through his o...

DMovies Poll

Are the Oscars dirty enough for DMovies?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Most Read

Forget Friday the 13th, Paranormal Activity and the [Read More...]
Just a few years back, finding a film [Read More...]
A lot of British people would rather forget [Read More...]
A small family of four lives in a [Read More...]
Pigs might fly. And so Brexit might happen. [Read More...]
Holidaying in Cambodia with Isaac (Ross McCall), Ben [Read More...]

Read More

The Painted Bird

Vaclav Marhoul
2020

Jack Hawkins - 08-04-2020

Vaclav Marhoul's passionate adaptation of Jerzy Kosinski's infamous Holocaust novel is a brutal meditation on the cyclical nature of prejudice and cruelty - out in cinemas (delayed) [Read More...]

Oh mother, mother what have you done???

 

Victor Fraga - 08-04-2020

The motherly figure is intended to provide shelter, love and protection. What happens when it all goes awry and instead mum spreads hate, fear and even death? These 15 films paint a very different picture of failed motherhood and dysfunctional females - in partnership with DOESN'T EXIST magazine [Read More...]

Cinema meets fashion: Theodoros Angelopoulos and Rei Kawakubo

 

Redmond Bacon - 06-04-2020

The late Greek filmmaker and the Japanese clothes designer have more in common than meets the eye: they both embrace austerity and reject the mainstream - argues Redmond Bacon in our first article for the brand new magazine DOESN'T EXIST [Read More...]

Facebook Comment

Website Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *