La macchina cinema (1979)

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    his documentary has been discussed in Europe for the past three years and only now has it been made available for American audiences. La Macchina Cinema is a cooperative effort by four Italian directors, each with a specific political anger in his consciousness, who wanted to make a statement about the world of their chosen profession. “We began from a very simple idea,” they have written, “The cinema is a machine that produces goods. Anyone who refuses to accept it as the only possible recourse throws the smooth functioning of the machine into question. We have not provided a forum for the words of the ‘masters’ of cinema, but rather for those who have found themselves excluded by the machine, those who do not accept its logic and its blackmail.” Thus, this is a film about people who are addicted to motion pictures. The directors want to satirize the false and cruel side of the cinema world, and each section of the documentary recreates, then destroys the cinema-myth. We see Marco Ferreri at work, as well as a secretive person who makes experimental films at home and them keeps them hidden. A small-town filmmaker organizes an annual 8mm festival at which only he or his friends win prizes; an actress who worked as an extra in pornographic films is also a hotel maid; a former star is ignored at a film festival by her fellow actors.... These are some of the episodes in this tragicomic look at the machinery of the cinema world and how it controls those who become part of that whirligig. La Macchina Cinema shows Italians for whom films are as much a reason for living as it is a profession. There has never been as profoundly moving or amusing love-hate documentary as this film where “even those who have been worst-treated, even the most radical and the most politicized admit a frustrated but living love for the film camera, and in many cases, a deep longing for the cinema.”

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