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67 Ratings


Italy, 1975
Documentary, Avant-Garde


A rare example of cinema vérité, the film’s protagonist is Anna, a pregnant sixteen-year-old junkie who Massimo Sarchielli met in Piazza Navona, Rome.

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Anna Directed by Alberto Grifi, Massimo Sarchielli

Critics reviews

Almost unknown for the past thirty-six years outside the country where it was made, Anna contains within it, as if under lock and key, seemingly every seed and secret component of that mythical and explosive era, the 1970s in Italy.
November 01, 2012
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The rawness of the video material – as well as the randomness of what gets picked up by the roving, unidirectional microphone – is respected in all its glitchy flares, drop-outs and handheld chaos. The result goes beyond Warhol, beyond Michael Snow: with its grainy faces and half-captured voices, Anna is a heady mixture of the abstract and the concrete, of documentary banality with the heightened melodrama of a lived, spontaneous fiction.
November 01, 2012
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