Chiara Mastroianni, Adriano De Angelis, Dante Ferretti, Gianni Gianese, Francesca Lo Schiavo, Maurizio Millenotti, Gabriella Pescucci, Massimo Pieroni, Manlio Rocchetti, Piero Tosi, Dino Trappetti
Guido Torlonia, Laura delli Colli
Enormous Films, with the support of Louis Vuitton
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Turning an actor into a character, sewing a precious dress or an antique pair of shoes as if they were art works, building a set but most of all painting it, "ageing" it and making the stage designer’s sketch a beautiful reconstruction, all this is Handmade Cinema: a 50-minute long documentary made by journalist Laura Delli Colli with Guido Torlonia, who is also the director; produced for Enormous Films by Luchino Visconti di Modrone.
Handmade Cinema tells the story of the great family of Italian cinema who has saved the heritage of its manual skills and of an art which the entire world envies Cinecittà, thanks to names which have never become "brands" and to the hands of special artisans who passed their skills on, as a family secret, from father to son.
Artisans or artists, they are the protagonists of this film, made with the support of Louis Vuitton to celebrate the respect and passion for the transmission of a treasured savoir-faire, of a craft which is still alive without standing the special effects.
In this film, hands are always in close up. Hands that tell of the passion and history of real dynasties, family businesses which today still continue to pass on not just the tradition but the skill needed to building a film starting from a pair of scissors, a needle, a hammer and a screwdriver, a comb, a make-up brush, a semiprecious stone or maybe a little artisan idea which still manages to compete with technology.