Handbook of Movie Theatres' History

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Handbook of Movie Theatres' History (Manuale di storie dei cinema)

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Manuale di storie dei cinema


Carlo Valli, Martina Donà, Giaime Alonge, Giorgio Serra, Gabriele Bocchio, Cesare Scova




Stefano Danusso, Cristiano Lo Mele



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2K/DCP - colour


Ready (29/11/2019)

festivals & awards:

  • Turin Film Festival 2019: Torino Factory - Best Short
  • Bellaria Film Festival 2020
  • San Gio Verona Video Festival 2020
  • DokuBaku International Documentary Film Festival 2020
  • Storia in Corto 2020
  • Accordi & Disaccordi International Film Festival 2020
  • Izmit International Short Film Festival 2020: Best Documentary
  • Sardinia Film Festival 2020
  • Via dei Corti Festival del Cinema Breve 2020
  • Festival Internazionale del Cinema di Salerno 2020: Menzione speciale Documentario Didattico
  • Cisterna Film Festival 2021
  • Festival del Cinema Città di Spello 2021
  • Festival du Cinéma Européen de Lille 2021
  • Filmare la Storia 2021: Premio Paolo Gobetti, under 35
  • Francigena Film Festival 2021: Fuori Concorso
  • RAM Film Festival - Rassegna Internazionale del Cinema Archeologico di Rovereto 2021
  • Via dei Corti Festival del Cinema Breve 2020: Miglior cortometraggio

​Handbook of Movie Theaters’ History is a documentary about the history, the development in the present days and the future of movie theaters in the city of Turin, Italy. It mixes the documentary language with comedy and fiction, and is enriched by interviews to some of the most important voices of Turin cinematography. The film follows the evolution of movie theaters by enlightening its main milestones: the pre-cinema experiences in the late 19th Century, the colossals and the movie cathedrals of the silent era, the arthouse theaters, the National Museum of Cinema, the Torino Film Festival, the movie theaters system today and the main hypothesis about its future. The mission of Handbook of Movie Theaters’ History is to explore and give back to the audience a deep reflection about the identity and the value of movie theater, in its social and anthropological role and as a mass media, and to analyze the experience of the viewer.