Thursday, April 12, 2007

HRH Prince Moulay Rachid proffers retrospective of Roberto Rossellini


Marrakech-Morocco, Feb. 17-19, 2007 – Under the directions of His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid, the Foundation of Marrakech International Film Festival presented the first comprehensive Moroccan retrospective of the work of master filmmaker Roberto Rossellini, on the anniversary of the centenary of his birth.

His Royal Highness, who has voiced to further diversify foundation’s activities in order to ensure sustainable cultural and economic development, opened up to experience the revival of cinematography for cultural industry enlargement.

With the collaboration of the Embassy of Italy, the Italian Cultural Institute, Association Maiori Film Festival and Centre Cinématographique Marocain (C.C.M.), the retrospective featured Rossellini's ground-breaking films and works from his career for film and television.

Roberto Rossellini (1906–1977) was a seminal artist of the art of film, who pioneered the highly influential neo-realist movement that put Italian cinema on the map in the years following World War II. His classic films of that period, ROME OPEN CITY (1945), PAISAN (1946) and GERMANY YEAR ZERO (1947) are inestimable classics that continue to enthrall audiences worldwide.

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