“I conceived the idea for this documentary after seeing Paolo Sorrentino’s gorgeous film The Great Beauty, which nevertheless struck me as lacking in terms of its dialogues. It was as if those individuals and intellectuals were no longer of any interest, and hadn’t been for some time. For someone like me who had lived through that era in the ‘60s and ‘70s and had met many of its artists and intellectuals, it was hard to accept the superficiality of the main characters. […] My father, a bookseller, ran a bookshop frequented not only by writers and thinkers of the day, but also actors, screenwriters, directors, painters, and musicians. The pace was slower then: you went to bookshops to have a chat or get advice, and in the late ‘60s the new generation delighted in these places where they could meet and discuss issues.” [Mario Canale]
Mario Canale edited the weeklies Il male and Zut before moving on, in 1981, to write and direct a variety of programs and TV series for Rai and Mediaset. From 1994 to 1996 he curated the La Televisione del Cinema program at the Venice Film Festival. He also edited the quarterly magazine L’avventura for Italia Cinema. As a director and screenwriter, he has taken part in numerous festivals in Italy and abroad.