LINO MICCICHE ?I was in Rome when Lino passed away.
Lino was the first Italian I met in Rio de Janeiro at
a Film Festival and he introduced me to Gianni Amico.
Above all, Lino Micciche introduced the Latin American
Cinema to Europe and was the founder of The Mostra
Internazionale del Nuovo Cinema di Pesaro in 1965
which this year celebrates its 40th anniversary. Also
he was for period President of the Biennale del Cinema
di Venezia and President of the National Italian
Syndicate of Film Critics. His importance in the
Italian Cinema as a critic and historian was
Lino has been forever a friend. When I
called him he always called back, much to my surprise,
and meant a lot to me, especially as he was a very
busy and important person in the Italian Cinema. The
last time I saw Lino we went to a movie, of course! I
was telling him that my daughter would not forgive me
because I ended my marriage to her father. And Lino
said: “The wounds will heal, give her time?
His funeral was held at the University where he was a
Professor of Cinema. All the great maestros of the
Italian cinema were there paying tribute to Lino.
Behind his coffin was a screen showing all his
favourite films. Adriano Apra gave a speech on Lino’s
contribution to the Brazilian Cinema Novo and his
support of the film director Glauber Rocha exiled in
Rome. Bruno Torri who found with Lino the Pesaro Film
Festival gave a moving speech and wrote a touching
piece about Lino’s contribution to the cinema. Bruno
Torri told me later: “I lost my two best friends
Gianni and Lino? It was the same for me ?two of my
dearest friends gone!
I left on Lino’s coffin a
vintage magazine called Cinema Novo. On the book of
tribute I thanked him for what he did for the
Brazilian Cinema Novo and for his unique friendship.
Above all for his legacy of the books: Visconti,
Pasolini, Neorealism, Italian Cinema in the 60s and
Lino will live forever and for many generations
in his film and in his books. Lino Micciche is