Inauguration of the exhibition devoted to the large film posters made between the 1940s and 1970s. An article by Giuseppe Calanna

Yesterday at Giornate degli Autori the exhibition “Saving Posters”, curated by Luca Siano, was inaugurated in the Sala Laguna.

It’s a homage to Italy’s golden age of film that spans four decades, from the 1940s to the 70s, and features twenty posters for films selected from the list of “100 Italian Films to Save”, launched during Giornate degli Autori 2016. The aim of the exhibition is to safeguard and pay homage to the works of the great poster artists of the past, of the caliber of Sandro Biazzi, Sandro Symeoni, and Piero Ermanno Iaia.

The world of film posters will be a revelation to visitors, with its genuine artisans intent on inventing new fonts and sizes of letters every time and trying out the avant-garde collage techniques of the day.

“With its still images, each poster does allude to a story and the depth of human feeling,” explains Fabio Ferzetti, who conceived the show – and an Italian instantly summons up the poster for Carlo Lizzani’s film Bandits in Milan, the composition of which is bursting with pathos and mystery.

Admission to the exhibition is free for the duration of the Venice Film Festival. The venue is the Sala Laguna at the Casa degli Autori for this show celebrating what Stefano Muroni called “the most viewed art of the 20th century.”