Here’s an early holiday gift for all you Roberto Rossellini fans. Beginning next Wednesday and running through Dec. 22 the Museum of Modern Art will be holding a Rossellini retrospective that will include his work in film, TV and a parallel exhibition on his film posters (retrospective also has dates set in LA and London).
Manohla Dargis wrote up a little retro of her own in today’s New York Times and points out the lack of recognition the auteur has in the States.
“One can’t live without Rossellini,” a character declares in Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1964 film “Before the Revolution.” Yet, almost three decades after Roberto Rossellini’s death in 1977, most moviegoers in America manage to live without the Italian director, though perhaps not as happily as they might. With the vast majority of his films unavailable for home rental, the father of Italian neo-realism and Isabella Rossellini has been reduced to little more than a cinephile cult figure, a faded saint on an art house fresco.
If you’re still itching for more Rossellini, then head over to Film Forum the first two weeks of December and catch Guy Maddin‘s short My Dad Is 100 Years Old. Written and starring Isabella Rossellini, she transforms herself into some of the film’s biggest Icons (Chaplin, Hitchcock, Fellini and her mom Ingrid Bergman) to discuss her father’s work. Mixed with Maddin’s experimental style it’s a real treat.