Saturday, July 21, 2012
|6:00 p.m.||The Girl with a Suitcase|
Valerio Zurlini (Italy/France, 1961)
(La ragazza con la valigia). With this film, Claudia Cardinale etched her wistful, playful character whose edge comes from the reality that she never knows where her next meal is coming from. Aida, a showgirl, is seduced away from her act by a playboy aristocrat, Marcello, and then quickly abandoned. She pathetically tries to locate Marcello in his Parma villa, only to become the object of fascination and finally love for his sixteen-year-old brother Lorenzo (Jacques Perrin). Taking Aida under his wing, Lorenzo sees her poverty as a wealth, her mysterious needs as a gate out of his motherless life in the mansion he is destined to inherit. A moving, honest study of adolescence and class, Girl with a Suitcase is shot against the classic beauty of Parma contrasted with the visually spontaneous and socially chaotic sands of Rimini. Zurlini uses the precise elegance of settings and camera set-ups to explore the architecture of human relationships. Look for the characters in the spaces between the actors.
• Written by Zurlini, Leo Benvenuti, Piero De Bernardi, Enrico Medioli, Giuseppe Patroni-Griffi, from a story by Zurlini. Photographed by Tino Santoni. With Claudia Cardinale, Jacques Perrin, Corrado Pani, Luciana Angelillo. (113 mins, In Italian with English subtitles, B&W, 35mm, From Cinecittà Luce S.p.A., permission Intramovies)