Contrary to what it might seem from his view of the “comedian”, the Italian Roberto Benigni He believes that cinema is not a game but a “serious business”, as he advocated today in a class at the Venice Film Festival.
“The acting job is not a game but a serious business. Every time I hear in interviews ‘We had so much fun making this movie’, I think he or she shouldn’t have fun, but I’m the one who sees it”, He referred to the creator of the Academy Award-winning “La vita è bella” (1997), this year’s Golden Lion in Venice.
Benigni, faithful to his talkative and theatrical style, gave a conference in the framework of the festival in which he spoke of his vision of cinema, which, however, he believed could be considered a game in the service of the audience, as Federico Fellini argued.
In this sense, he recalled one of the episodes the master of neo-realism had to make with Akira Kurosawa and Ingmar Bergman, and it never came to fruition. “We called each other a lot but none of us wanted to reveal our game,” Fellini confessed to Benigni on some occasions.
For him, the principal’s office is “work, effort, and fear of death” but it is also the “great responsibility” because they must constantly make choices to create a business that will last forever.
The conference also served him to review some of his comedic references, Charles Chaplin or Don Quixote de la Mancha himself, but also spiritual, such as Petrarca or Dante Alighieri, who devoured the “Divine Comedy” daily.
“My teachers are like the sun and sky in the cinema: Chaplin, Toto or Buster Keaton. They are hard-to-reach feelings and archetypes. His films are a miracle, I feel religious love for them “, pointed out.
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