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Fortini/Cani

Italy, France, 1976
Documentary
  • Italian
  • English
A Straub-Huillet Retrospective

Synopsis

Communist writer Franco Fortini’s readings from The Dogs of Sinai are heard over images of Italian landscapes where partisans clashed with fascists, a place marked by violence and counterposed with his observations on Israel after the Six Day War, and his reflections on his Jewish heritage.

Our take

Our Straub-Huillet retrospective leaps into the 20th century to meet Franco Fortini and, through his writing, encounter Italian fascism, resistance, and the thread of violence extending beyond World War II. Along with his words, the verdant landscape is revealed as a site of struggle and death.

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Critics reviews

Like all of Straub-Huillet’s movies, this astonishingly combative film follows an internal rhythm born out of the particulars of landscape, of speech, and of the physiognomies of its actors.
July 03, 2019
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The signs of the past are seen to take on a new meaning in each new situation, including our own as spectators invited to make our own connections.
May 03, 2016

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