The Third Day (first feature)

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The Third Day (Il terzo giorno)

The Third Day (Il terzo giorno)

original title:

Il terzo giorno

directed by:


Silvia Magnani, Demis Sobrini, Benedetta Bonomi, Corinna Urbani, Michela Serretiello


Demis Sobrini, from his novel with the same title



Giuseppe Petruzzelis - Aplysia


Riccardo Minnucci





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HD - colour

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The film wants to be another stage of the ideological and practical path of the artist who proposes and foresees since years, in his theatrical, literary and cinematographic productions, the coming of a new possibility of art and life, beyond the representative one. In the form of a mythological and allegorical story, the film completely reorganizes the perception of many elements that determine the life of men and of our contemporary and feasible civilization, together with scenic and artistic elements. Puzzled between a true and an apparent democracy, freedom, peace, in a society divided and indivisible, of the "second days", the flat days that is so, the main character Sileno, in an dreamlike setting similar to a near future, digresses from the role of puppet-actor serving the public and the power. He lets a master, Nietzsche, discover him as the possible chosen one, who will be able to bring the new order of art and life: his mission will be to trespass the flat and the uninterested repetition, to reach a new day, the Third day, of depth, high-deep, where everyone can reach a true and direct presence of himself in the world, where everyone can be protagonist, actor, of a masterpiece of existence, alive! Sileno accepts the mythological role, he consents to be trained to action, and brings to the world the discovery of an artist scientist of the early years of this millennium, a certain Frankenstein, that in his cave has discovered the formula through which the inanimate material could be brought back to life; with a single rose, now Sileno can de-construct, by "Terror-artistic attacks", the order of second days, and from the ashes and the rest of the surgery, he can give life again, regenerating men and a new possibility. His mission spreads over the world, gets together disciples and gather more and more successes. It reaches and worries an emperor who embodies the power and the control on the future masses of people. In disguise of a civil and artistic optimism, through the method of creating fears and enemies, the "Boss" of the second days, who calls himself Socrates II, preaches to the masses the defence of the good against the evil, the just from the unjust, the freedom against the slavery. Everything at all possible costs, proposing an apparent and representative democracy where everything is justified by the approval of subdued and dull masses of passive spectators who do not realize the deception of their existence, of their role: insensitivity, war, violence, control, exploitation and abuse of the few over the many, the divisions, are normal and necessary consequences of the defence of the civilization established two thousand six hundred years ago. But we have arrived at "the end of the second days", Nietzsche preached to Sileno, and inevitably the film ends with the final dispute between the two wisdoms and point of view about life, where good and evil, just and unjust, freedom and slavery, actor and spectator, mingle together and re-enter indistinct in the possible final victory and the coming of "the Third day”.