CHARLES MATTON’S FEATURE FILM FIRST AND RICHARD BOHRINGER’S FIRST MAJOR ROLE
The Italian of Roses by Charles Matton
" ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FILMS I HAVE SEEN: THIS FILM IS BEAUTIFUL AND BEAUTIFUL LIKE BAUDELAIRE!" JEAN-LOUIS TRINTIGNANT
In the city of Roses, mounted on the roof of a tower, the so-called Italian is tempted to throw himself into the void. The crowd, at first benevolent, which gathers at the foot of the building, soon becomes hysterical and encourages him to jump. He remembers his day spent with his friend Lola until the radio hook in which he participated that evening with a “queen for a day”. Confronted with absurd vulgarity, the Italian let himself be invaded by much deeper cracks...
L'Italien des Roses is a prodigious allegory on the social breakdown of a young man in love with the absolute. A first big role for Richard Bohringer, impressive, and a first production of a feature film for the painter Charles Matton. This image virtuoso opts for a sumptuous black and white, and chooses a lively editing in the service of a story that is like a psychological puzzle. Before our eyes, the ferocity of the crowd and the delicacy of the feelings of the young hero clash. Everything rings true, everything is overwhelming, true and sensitive. L'Italien des Roses is to be (re)discovered in its magnificent 2K restoration!
THE ITALIAN OF ROSES (1972 – Black & White – 82 mins) unreleased on Blu-ray and DVD – world-exclusive 2K restoration Audio description - Deaf and hard of hearing subtitles
INCLUDES A SHORT FILM DIRECTED BY CHARLES MATTON: "THE APPLE OR THE STORY OF A STORY" (1965 – B&W – 15 mn) A man and a woman, their meeting, the children, everyday life and modest silences, the world, the news, and always the apples in the fruit bowls...