L’anarchico venuto dall’America
The documentary film tells about life and death of Gaetano Bresci, the Italian anarchist who came back from USA to Italy to kill king Umberto I, on July 29 1900, shooting him three revolver shots in Monza. The film focuses on the main stages of Bresci’s private and political life. Why had he emigrated and what were the reasons for his act that led him to abandon his wife Sophie and his daughter Madeleine? And which were the causes of his death? Did he commit suicide as the official version maintains, or did he “get suicided” as all the historians and journalists who took care of the case believe now? The documentary film tells in a rigorous way the events that led young Bresci to emigrate to Paterson (New Jersey), and then to return to Italy to kill the king, through fiction scenes, interviews with historians and university teachers, original video materials.
Up to now there are no documentary or fiction films on Gaetano Bresci. There have been several television and film projects, but they have not been realized because of the historical removal of the regicide, a “damnatio memoriae” that still lasts and that is completely anti-historical. Bresci’s act caused a sensation at the time and then people tried to hide it and forget it. Our intention is not to exalt or condemn , but to understand and to relate, in the most objective way, his public and private life, his anarchic formation and his loves. They are very interesting from the historical and cinematic point of view. Gaetano Bresci, any way we judge him, does not deserve to fall into the oblivion of history.
Original title: L’anarchico venuto dall’America
International title: The anarchist who came from America Genre: Docufilm
Duration: 70 min
Country/ year: Italy 2019
Director: Gabriele Cecconi
Executive producer: Stefano Mutolo
International distributor: Berta Film
Original language: Italian – English subtitles
Gabriele Cecconi studied Film History and graduated from Florence University. He teaches film technique and filmmaking art in the Cinema School Anna Magnani. He is artistic Director of the Mauro Bolognini Film Festival and he is President of the Film Association Alfafilm. He has been an active screenwriter and director since 1986, the year when his film Padule, ricordo di una strage, made him known to critics (winning the silver plate at the International Neorealism Festival at Avellino in 1986 and first prize for the best film at the
Film-Video makers competition in 1987). He later wrote and directed four other mid-length films: Prato 1944 (1995), Domani è un altro giorno (1997); Luci nel buio ( 2003) and
Eppure, quando guardo il cielo (2010) all based on historical events relating to the Resistance and deportation to concentration camps. He has recently written and directed five short films dedicated to the ten commandments: Non desiderare la roba d’altri (2010); Non uccidere (2011); Non rubare (2011); Ricordati di santificare le feste (2012); Io sono il Signore Dio tuo ( 2013).
In 2013 he wrote and directed his first feature film, Il seminarista (The Seminarian). Was classified an experimental film by MIBACT (the Ministry for Culture), won the “Emidio Greco” judges prize at the Gallio Film Festival in 2014 and was selected for numerous foreign and Italian film awards, including: Sudfestival 2014, A.I.F.I.C. (American Initiative For Italian Culture) Washington 2014, Religion Today Film Festival, (Trento 2014), UMIFF (University of Miami Italian Film Festival) (2015), FAU (Florida Atlantic University New Italian Director) (2015).
The Alfafilm company, which has been producing and distributing short, mid-length and full-length films since 2009, was started by Gabriele Cecconi with the purpose of producing independent quality films.
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