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festivalfilosofia sapere;2008






A film festival of false biographies
Forgotten Silver by Peter Jackson (New Zealand, 1995, 53')
Original version with Italian subtitles

Biblioteca Loria - Auditorium
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Whether dealing with the lives of the famous or not so famous, well-known (or forgotten) historical facts, distant lands, microcosms or ecosystems, the documentary is generally thought of as giving us Nature and History direct. The way it is.  However, as Orson Welles demonstrated, fact and fiction often overlap, so much so that in 1984 the director Rob Reiner coined the term "mockumentary" to describe his film "This is the Spinal Tap", a film that "documents" the extravagant behaviour of the fictitious Spinal Tap.
The idiom is the same as that used in the orthodox "rockumentary": interviews, filmed sequences from live gigs, glimpses backstage, music videos, unsteady hand-held cameras... but the whole thing is the fruit of fiction, a bio-pic about imaginary characters created with the express intention of entertaining and misleading the audience. The "mockumentary" genre has also been essayed by established film-makers such as Peter Jackson, whose "Forgotten silver" purports to be a biography of Colin McKenzie, an alleged pioneering genius of the silver screen. Naturally, he never existed anywhere other than in Jackson's imagination.
Two films that deserve the word "fantastic".

ore 21.00
Forgotten Silver by Peter Jackson (New Zealand, 1995, 53')
Original version with Italian subtitles
In this documentary made for New Zealand television, two film directors reminisce about their fellow countryman Colin McKenzie, who allegedly invented moving pictures even before the advent of the Lumière brothers. A pioneer dogged by bad luck, McKenzie is seen building a movie camera with his bare hands, mounting it on a bike and thus unknowingly inventing the first moving-camera sequence in the history of cinema. The only  thing is...Colin McKenzie never existed.

ore 22.30
This is Spinal Tap by Rob Reiner (United States, 1984, 82')
Original version with Italian subtitles
"This is Spinal Tap" is a fake documentary (or mock-documentary) directed in 1984 by  Rob Reiner about the semi-fictitious heavy-metal band Spinal Tap (umlaut on the letter "n"). The film is a parody on the heavy-metal scene of the day and a spoof on rock-music lifestyle stereotypes. Packed with musical quotes: Scorpions, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Queen, Aerosmith, KISS, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Motörhead (NB umlaut), Sweet, The Beatles and many others.
The members of Spinal Tap, David St. Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel and Derek Smalls, are played by Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer respectively, and they really do play their instruments in the film.
In 2002, "This is Spinal Tap" was selected for inclusion in the National Film Registry of the United States Library of Congress.