Mario Ruspoli: Three Short Films
DIRECTOR: MARIO RUSPOLI
Q&A with filmmaker Florence Dauman following the 6:30pm screening on Saturday, December 7.
THE EARTH'S FORGOTTEN
1961 / 41 mins / DCP
A LOOK AT MADNESS WITH CAPTIVE FEAST
1961 / 50 mins / DCP
Ruspoli had a standing interest in isolated and marginal communities, very much on display in these three films he shot in Lozère, in France’s rugged, unforgiving south. In The Earth’s Forgotten, the subjects are peasants eking out a subsistence-level existence; in Captive Feast and A Look at Madness it’s patients and doctors, including the hugely influential director, François Tosquelles, seen going about their daily rounds at the psychiatric hospital of St. Alban, formerly a monastery and prison. Though complementary and shot together, these are standalone works, with Captive Feast documenting the annual village festival that allows inmates a rare chance to mingle with the rest of the population.
Ruspoli short films restored by Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata in collaboration with Argos Films.
Screening as a part of Mario Ruspoli: Prince of the Whales and Other Rarities.