The Cannes of Classic Cinema’: The History of Italy’s Cinema Ritrovato Festival in Bologna

The Center for European Studies and 

The UW’s Italian Club present a lecture:

 Guy Borlée

(Cineteca di Bologna) 

 “‘The Cannes of Classic Cinema’: The History of Italy’s Cinema Ritrovato Festival in Bologna.”


Friday, March 18, at 2:00pm.  206 Ingraham Hall, UW-Madison.  Free and open to the public.


“Il Cinema Ritrovato is becoming the Cannes of classic cinema: diverse, turbulent, and overwhelming.”  — David Bordwell (

Guy Borlée is the Coordinator of Italy’s annual Cinema Ritrovato Festival, one of the most important international film festivals in Europe today.  Held annually in Bologna, Il Cinema Ritrovato is dedicated to the rediscovery of rare and historically significant films.  In addition to his work on the Festival, Guy organises Il Cinema Ritrovato touring programmes and he also programs Sotto le Stelle del Cinema (open-air screenings of film classics in the Piazza Maggiore in Bologna).  Borlée also curates thematic programes and retrospectives at Bologna’s Cinema Lumière, and collaborates on several pan-European projects dedicated to film restoration. He has written extensively on cinema and has participated in international film festivals including Cannes, Berlin and Venice.


Guy Borlée will also present “Corti e Rari,” a program of “short and rare” Italian documentaries from the 1950s by such luminaries of the Italian cinema as Alessandro Blasetti, Francesco Maselli, and Valerio Zurlini.  Free and open to the public at the UW Cinematheque, Friday, March 18, 6:00pm in 4070 Vilas Hall.