Cecilia Cenciarelli

co-director, Il Cinema Ritrovato Festival (Cineteca di Bologna)

Voted for

L'Atalante1934Jean Vigo
Memories of Underdevelopment1968Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
An Angel at My Table1990Jane Campion
Meghe Dhaka Tara1960Ritwik Ghatak
Taxi Driver1976Martin Scorsese
HYÈNES1992Djibril Diop Mambéty
Orlando1992Sally Potter
The Conformist1970Bernardo Bertolucci
Martin Eden2019Pietro Marcello
In the Mood for Love2000Wong Kar Wai



1934 France

Growing up in a provincial Italian town in the 1980s there was only one way to discover cinema: you would need a 4 pack of 4–hour blank VHS tape (8 hours in LP mode), and never miss Fuori Orario (named for the Italian title of Scorsese's After Hours), an all-night film feast curated and introduced – always out of sync – by critic Enrico Ghezzi. In the morning, you'd harvest Ozu, Tarkovsky, Wajda, Buñuel, Ghatak, Tati, Renoir in their original language. The show rarely began on time, so the tape often ended before the last film was over, but of course it didn't matter. Fuori Orario's opening theme was 'Because the Night’ sung by Patti Smith and images were edited to the music: what film was that? There was a man swimming underwater; then a woman, also underwater, dressed in white; then their images superimposed… I was obsessed by L'Atalante even before watching it.