MARCO BELLOCCHIO 26 book online at bfi.org.uk
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My Mother’s Smile L’ora di religione (Il sorriso di mia madre)
Italy 2002. Dir Marco Bellocchio. With Sergio Castellitto, Jacqueline Lustig, Chiara Conti,
Gigio Alberti. 105min. Digital. EST
A notable painter (played by the
always outstanding Castellitto)
estranged from his upper-class
family learns the shocking news
that the Catholic Church are in
the process of considering making
his deceased mother a saint.
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This is a mesmerising, full-blown,
late-career masterpiece from
Bellocchio, dripping with irony,
insight and savage wit about the
family and modern religion.
The Nanny La balia
Italy 1999. Dir Marco Bellocchio.
With Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Valeria Bruni
Tedeschi, Maya Sansa, Jacqueline Lustig.
106min. Digital. EST
An illiterate young woman is brought
from her rural home to be a wet nurse
in a rich couple’s house in the city,
with unforeseen and far-reaching
consequences. The project was
suggested speculatively to Bellocchio,
and he created an imaginative
reinterpretation of the Luigi Pirandello
novella, with sensitive direction,
understated performances and
a careful attention to detail.
An entrancing period drama.
The Prince of Homburg
Il principe di Homburg
Italy 1997. Dir Marco Bellocchio.
With Andrea Di Stefano, Barbora Bobulova,
Toni Bertorelli, Anita Laurenzi. 89min.
A soldier disobeys orders in the heat
of battle, and despite helping his side
to win, he’s set to be court-martialled
and executed. This beautiful, austere
and acclaimed period-drama
adaptation of a 19th-century play
by Heinrich von Kleist marked an
important transition in Bellocchio’s
career – away from interior,
psychoanalytically influenced work
to more accessible cinematic drama.
+ The Choir Master Il maestro di coro
Italy 2001. Dir Marco Bellochio. 15min. EST
A local amateur choirmaster
becomes entranced by a young