Skin, The | La pelle – dir. Liliana Cavani, 1981

date: 31/07/2011, time: 10:00, place: The Big Cinema, film program: Liliana Cavani, artistic program: films
film program: Viaggio in Italia,

FR, IT | 1981 | colour | 131 min
reż|dir Liliana Cavani pro|pro Renzo Rossellini scen|wr Catherine Breillat, Liliana Cavani, Robert Katz zdj|ph Armando Nannuzzi muz|mus Lalo Schifrin mon|ed Ruggero Mastroianni ob|cast Marcello Mastroianni, Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Ken Marshall, Carlo Giuffrè, Jeanne Valérie dys|dis Gaumont

1981 Liliana Cavani’s Skin is an adaptation of a novel by Curzio Malaparte – Italian writer and journalist, war correspondent during the Second World War. It is a film about two kinds of fascism: the one ideological, coming from outside and somehow dictated, but also about fascism which is internal, psychological, and becomes a part of all people despite the fact one can’t accept neither its existence nor force. Action takes part in Naples 1943 just after the city had been liberated by American army. In an absolutely uncompromising way Cavani shows a dramatic meeting of the winners and the defeated. Prostitution is spreading around: mothers sell their daughters to the soldiers for a few cents; German prisoners sell everything that had left, including themselves… It is a shocking picture of the tragic consequences of war in human consciousness, as well as juxtaposition of two different civilizations and cultures – Anglo-Saxon and Latin.

1981 Cannes IFF –  Palme d’Or nomination for Liliana Cavani
1982 Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists – Silver Ribbon in category Best Supporting Actress for Claudia Cardinale