The Grim Reaper (Bertolucci, 1962): Italian Cultural Institute, 6.30pm
Nick Walker a freelance film programmer, events producer
and lecturer, and also the founder and director of Rochester Kino, who have organised this screening, will introduce the film. You can find details of the Rochester Kino evens in London here.
Chicago Reader review:
Bernardo Bertolucci's feature debut (1962) opens with a tracking shot
that leads to the lifeless body of a prostitute in a riverside park in
Rome, and it continues with the theatrical interrogation of five
down-at-the-heels suspects, each seated before a white backdrop and
questioned from behind the camera. Their testimony (much of it proven
false) introduces a series of personal vignettes aching with loneliness,
a narrative structure that limits the characterization and never
overcomes its debt to Rashomon. The result is stylish and
occasionally haunting, but strangely the most compelling character turns
out to be the victim, about whom nothing is revealed. Bertolucci's
mentor, Pier Paolo Pasolini, wrote the story.
Here is an interview with the director talking about the film.