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The Journey of G. Mastorna – The dream of a film staged on set

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The Journey of G. Mastorna

The dream of a film staged on set

GAMC Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea

18 March / 30 April 2017, Viareggio, Italy

Lucca Film Festival e Europa Cinema 2017

Press Release

The Lucca Film Festival e Europa Cinema 2017 pays tribute to Federico Fellini with the exhibition The Journey of G. Mastorna. The dream of a film staged on set curated by Alessandro Romanini and produced by the Experimental Center of Cinematography in Rome. The exhibit gives life to the Maestro’s never-made film and displays the final storyboard, a mise-en-scène as if all were ready to shoot Federico Fellini’s new movie. Hosted at the Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GAMC) in Viareggio, the exhibition opens on 18 March and closes on 1 May 2017.

Fellini began thinking about The Journey of G. Mastorna in the early sixties, jotting down notes, drawing sets and costumes, drafting the script and even conducting actor auditions. Throughout his life, Fellini thought about shooting the motion picture, but at the end, the film was never made. Moreover, as it often happens, because the longtime passion project was never finished, the spirit of The Journey of G. Mastorna continued to linger in the small narrative, theatrical or musical details in all the Maestro’s works.

The Journey of G. Mastorna has become a legendary film, further enriching the ranks of unfinished works that have studded the history of cinema, from Red Harvest by Bertolucci and Porno-Teo-Kolossal by Pasolini to In Search of Lost Time by Visconti. The Experimental Center of Cinematography in Rome, in collaboration with the Istituto Luce which holds and preserves all the preparatory materials of these films, have decided to “give life” to those never-filmed screenplays by drafting the executive storyboards; a mise-en-scène ready to filmed.

The Center’s five-year project envisages the staging of five motion pictures that were never filmed and kicks off with the exhibition on Federico Fellini’s The Journey of G. Mastorna, presented in world premiere at the Lucca Film Festival e Europa Film 2017.

After scrupulously analyzing Fellini’s notes, costume sketches, ideas for the characters and painstakingly examining the many interviews in which Fellini spoke of his film, students of the Department of Stage Design have translated the Maestro’s many ideas into images that are on display in Viareggio in the form of 50 executive scene storyboards. Additionally, the students have actualized computer generated 3D scene renditions as desired by Fellini under the supervision of set-designer and Professor Paolo Figeri. Also on display the costume sketches drafted by the Center’s Costume Department and a soundtrack that will accompany visitors during their exhibit visit, in which students of the acting course will give voice to the dialogues written for the film. Video clips from interviews with Fellini who speaks about the unmade film and Marcello Mastroianni’s screen test for The Journey of G. Mastorna shot in Cinecittà’s theater 5 complete the exhibition.

The Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema directed by Nicola Borrelli, is one of the key events organized and sponsored by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca. The main sponsors of the event are Banca Generali and Banca Pictet, whereas the exhibits are produced with the support of Banca Société Générale. The organization of the Lucca Film Festival e Europa Cinema is also made possible thanks to the funds made available by Funder35 and enjoys the support of Gesam Gas & Luce SpA, Istituto Luce Cinecittà S.r.l., Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca, Lucar Spa, Lions Club Lucca Le Mura, Il Ciocco S.p.A, MiBACT (the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism), the Region of Tuscany, the City of Lucca, the City of Viareggio, the Province of Lucca with the collaboration and co-production of the Giglio Theatre in Lucca Consociazione Nazionale donatori di sangue Fratres, Fondazione Giacomo Puccini e Puccini Museum – Casa Natale, Fondazione Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti, Fondazione Mario Tobino, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Martinelli Luce, CG Entertainment e Fondazione UIBI. Thanks also to Lucca Comics & Games, Trenitalia Regional Management, Unicoop Firenze and to the Degree Course in Performing Arts and Civilization Department of Communication and Forms of Knowledge at the University of Pisa, Light It Up Blue – Lucca and App18 for their collaboration.

The Journey of G. Mastorna

The dream of a film staged on set

Viareggio, GAMC – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Lorenzo Viani

Tel. +39 0584 581118

18 March / 30 April 2017

From Tuesday through Sunday, 3.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

Entrance Ticket: Full 8 euro, Reduced 4 Euro with visit to GAMC

Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema

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English translation and interpreting: Tessa Wiechmann

Press Office for Exhibitions:

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Communication and External Relations Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca:

Marcello Petrozziello /Andrea Salani

comunicazione@fondazionecarilucca.it

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