In the breathtaking opening sequence of Mario Camerini’s film, two lovers walk a fine line between life and death in a hotel near a railroad. From that moment forward, Rotaie offers us everything: Soviet-style montage, a rich texture of German expressionism, nationalist propaganda, the intimacy of post-WWII neorealism, and the most unlikely of all love stories—a ne’er-do-well and a girl who blindly trusts him against all odds. It’s the last great silent produced in Italy (it was also released with a music soundtrack, against the will of its director), a synthesis of the best European cinema of the period and the unfulfilled promise of film as art under the Fascist regime. Unseen for decades outside its native country, this best-kept secret of Italian screen treasures comes to new life with Judith Rosenberg’s live music performance. –Telluride
Mario Camerini (Rome, 6 February 1895 – Gardone Riviera, 4 February 1981) was an Italian film director. Cousin of Augusto Genina. He made the most known films in Italy during the 30’s, comedies, most of them, starring Vittorio De Sica. —Wikipedia
Riktigt pampig och stilren! Kanske en av de absolut vackraste stumfilmerna jag vet. Vissa scener är så bra att man bara kan gapa och fälla en tår. Det är något med dynamiken mellan glädje, rädsla och sorg som gör detta så pass levande. Film blir inte mycket bättre än så här. Fantastisk!