Locarno International Film Festival: The Garden of the Finzi-Continis and Arthur Cohn

Locarno International Film Festival: The Garden of the Finzi-Continis and Arthur Cohn

The Garden of the
Finzi-Continis
(Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini)
was presented in the
Piazza Grande under the stars at the Locarno International Film Festival’s ‘pre-Festival’
show.

Directed by Vittorio De Sica in 1970, the film won the Oscar for
Best Foreign Film. The film was introduced by three-time Oscar winner and
producer of the movie, Arthur Cohn, who spoke about his work with Vittorio De
Sica.  “He taught me three points: 1)
Anytime you make a movie don’t necessarily go with known actors; 2) Always
insist to shoot the scene in the original, intended location; and 3) Always do
what you feel; listen to your instinct and not what others tell you.”

Cohn detailed the impact The
Garden of the Finzi-Continis
has had around the world, and its influence on
filmmakers, including Steven Spielberg and his film Schindler’s List.  Cohn also
emphasized one major theme of the film: “The characters were guilty of lack of
courage to fight the orders.” He cited the example: “When they took the Jews,
they always said, “Prego” (Please). This is illustrated when the Finzi-Contini
family is taken from their home.

Lino Capolicchio, who played the main character, Giorgio, said a
few words about his experience working with De Sica, and then the lights
dimmed, and the credits rolled.

To read an interview
with Capolicchio: Click Here

The Locarno
International Film Festival runs from August 7-17, 2013.  For more information visit: www.pardo.ch

Award-winning
screenwriter and filmmaker, Susan Kouguell teaches screenwriting and film at
Tufts University and presents international seminars.  Author of SAVVY
CHARACTERS SELL SCREENPLAYS!
and THE
SAVVY SCREENWRITER,
she is chairperson
of Su-City Pictures East, LLC, a consulting company founded in 1990 where she
works with over 1,000 writers, filmmakers, and executives worldwide.  www.su-city-pictures.com

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Always one of my favorite films of my early film education.

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