My relationship with Gianni went on and off for four years, from
his film documentary, about the Brazilian Music to L'Inchiesta.It
was Lino Micciche that introduced us. Lino came to the Festival
de Cinema do Rio de Janeiro - 1965, where we became friends and
we are still friends to this day. After some months he introduced
me to Gianni. I remember the Festival was showing "Pugni
in Tasca" (Fist in his Pocket). Marco Bellocchio, director,
and his producer, were the 'coolest' men of the Festival and very
well-dressed in the Italian style. Charismatic and very attractive.
The Brazilian women, including myself, were all crazy about them.
and I lived together in Via Garibaldi
59 - Trastevere, which I think used to
be Bernardo's flat?? Gianni was very important
in my life. He invited me to Italy, gave
me my first cappuccino, my first pasta,my
first pear with stracchino cheese, the
first everything, if you know what I mean!
He introduced me to jazz (he dedicated
the film "Noi Insistiamo" 1964
to me and gave me a copy of the film.
I loaned the copy to the Cinemateca do
Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro).
He even introduced me to Brazilian music,
musicians, carnaval. Gave me my first
sightseeing tour of Rome, as well as walking
around Genova, Bergamo. At that time he
had the most incredible friends and a
very full brilliant life. Among his friends
was the jazz musician Pepito. It was at
Pepito's flat that I met Francesca's father.
took me to see his daughter Valentina,(not very nice, for her),
his family in Genova and hid friends in Bergamo. Gianni always
travelled by taxi and first-class trains so I found the trains
in Italy the best not knowing that it was only because I was travelling
first-class! He was even jealous of me. When I decided to get
my driving licence - he was completely against!!!
Tavares, a Brazilian film producer, a really good friend of mine
from the time I was working on films in Brazil. Studied in Rome
at the Centro Sperimentale del Cinema, and became a friend of
Gianni Narzizi the Director of Photography who worked with Bertolucci
on what I think was the latter's first film "La Commare Secca",
1962 (The Grim Reaper"). Based on a story by Pier Paolo Pasolini.
When I went to live in Rome, Gerson introduced me to the Narzizis.
I used to go to the Narzizis house in Parioli, so even today I
am in touch with Mariuccia Narzizi (as Gianni Narzizi has passed
away). He left her with three boys of school-age. I remember her
saying that a few years after her husband's death the cinema people
forgot her. The Narzizis, Gianni Amico and Bernardo: what a small
the incredible memory of him was when we met in London by chance!
Where I was living and studying the History of the Cinema, of
course, was a member of the National Film Theatre on the South
Bank. I booked all my tickets to see all the films of the London
Film Festival that year. Gianni came with Bertolucci for the film
"Partner" 1967, as they written the screenplay of the
film. So we met again!
night I was sitting in the National Film Ttheatre - NFT in London, for the film of Jean-Luc Godard.
To introduce the film Jean-Luc Godard and the producer came on stage: this
was the most important vintage moment of my entire life!!! They
were together on stage I don't remember why, but 1968 the season of revolt in Paris was brief but intense, the overpowering sense that the world was about to be transformed. Jean-Luc Godard
lost his mind and slapped his producer around the face!!!! Crying "You'are all fascist", and demandining that the box-office money to be given to Eldridge Cleaver. This
was the greatest cinematographic scene of the entire Festival!!!
I can only remember that - like most of the audience - I was shocked
the most incredible thing was yet to come: Gianni took me to dinner
with Godard that night, and I considered the most unforgettable
dinner of my entire life. My myth in front of me: fragile and
in despair. Frighten I did not say one single word. I was looking
at Godard in dismay. I want to hold his hand. I think he was sorry
he was speaking French - and explaining why - he had slapped the
producer. The tension in his body was unbearable, really an incredible
French temperament!!! Electricity in the air a furious impatience man. Gianni and Godard kept smoking all through
dinner to my despair!!! God that was GREAT!!! I didn't sleep for