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Italy opens theme park in tribute to film industry

The Associated Press

ROME (AP) — A new amusement park outside Rome celebrates the world of cinema, taking visitors back to the golden age of Italian film production when the Rome-based Cinecitta Studios — still in operation — were known as “Hollywood on the Tiber.”

“Here, the idea is that people will also enter not only sets, but the confusion of a place where we are shooting movie. Everything will be illusion,” said Emmanuel Gout, president of Cinecitta Parks. “The visitor will become a protagonist of the day, becoming a star, becoming involved in some fake movie.”

At a submarine set, visitors get into character by donning marine helmets and racing through an action-packed movie scene. These marines bark orders and frantically spin valves, trying to avert an impending disaster. [Full Story]

Retrospective documents Patricio Guzmán’s stylistic evolution

The Columbia Spectator

With a career that spans almost half a century and that includes myriad films conveying the complexity of the Chilean political terrain, documentary filmmaker Patricio Guzmán is due for a retrospective. A week-long series “Obstinate Memories: The Documentaries of Patricio Guzmán” will play at BAMcinématek (651 Fulton St., between Ashland and Rockwell places) from April 1 to 7.

The retrospective examines Guzmán’s significant contributions to his native country—showcasing six of his most well-regarded films, including his newest release, “Nostalgia for the Light” (2010). [Full Story]

Frammartino’s ‘Le Quattro Volte’ finds light amidst darkness

The Columbia Spectator

Like a compressed Zen Kōan—a fundamental philosophy of Buddhism—unfolding in multiple directions, the Italian film “Le Quattro Volte” (“The Four Times”) is enigmatic yet simple. Directed by Michelangelo Frammartino, the film will screen daily at Film Forum (209 W. Houston St., between Sixth and Seventh avenues) until April 12.

The film—with no dialogue and barely any focus on human interaction—may at first seem unbearably slow for some students. Given the chance, though, “Le Quattro Volte” is subtly engrossing. With a breathtaking cinematic eye, the film is a tightly constructed reflection on the cycle of life within a remote Italian village. [Full Story]

Documentary ‘Oscar’s Cuba’ is more sensationalist than sensational

The Columbia Spectator 


Just over two weeks ago, Dr. Óscar Biscet, a Cuban political prisoner of conscience serving a 25-year sentence for expressing dissent through peaceful protests, was released from jail after serving 11 years. A 2011 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Biscet is the founder of the Lawton Foundation for Human Rights, one of the few dissenting organizations that exist within Cuba.

On Friday, April 1, students can learn more about Biscet’s political reality at the University Council of the Cuban American National Foundation’ s screening of “Oscar’s Cuba,” a film about Biscet’s struggles and the plight of political prisoners in Cuba. The event, which will take place in 304 Barnard Hall at 7 p.m., will be followed by a Q-and-A session with the director, Jordan Alott. [Full Story]

‘Restrepo:’ Documentary explodes onto film scene, exposing the reality of war

The Columbia Spectator 


Whether liberal or conservative, staunchly pro-war or fiercely pacifist, students will likely find their reactions to “Restrepo” contrary to expectation. Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington’s war documentary, recently nominated for an Oscar, is a film that every American, regardless of other affiliation, should see.

Cautiously apolitical, the film follows a year in the lives of American soldiers deployed in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley, widely known as one of the most dangerous military bases. The emphasis on objectivity and evasion of a clear political message is explained by the backgrounds of the film’s creators—journalist Junger and photojournalist Hetherington are both seasoned war correspondents. In “Examining Restrepo,” a film screening and discussion event organized by the Columbia University School of Journalism on Thursday, Feb. 3, the two explained, “we wanted to relate the emotional terrain of war.” [Full Story]

Cinephiles focus on Columbia’s film and TV organizations

The Columbia Spectator 


For film majors and film aficionados alike, there are plenty of ways to learn about different aspects of the film industry right on Columbia’s campus.

Columbia’s undergraduate film program is notorious for being theory-based, giving students little exposure to hands-on production techniques. To remedy this, film clubs offer students from all different majors the chance to try their hand at screenwriting, directing, film editing, video shooting, and everything else that goes into video production.

Columbia Undergraduate Film Production (CUFP) produces five short films a year and gives students support from script to screen, as well as offering members access to a wealth of production equipment. “We really encourage people without previous experience to join,” club President Max Rifkind-Barron, CC ’11, said. “We want creative minds who are willing to work in a collaborative setting.” [Full Story]