Artist on Camera: Michael Blackwood Productions
Festival dei Due Mondi, 24 June – 10 July 2022
Casa Menotti, Via dell’Arringo, Spoleto, 24th June, 17.00-19.00
(and screened continuously from 28 June)
Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, with thanks to Musica da Casa Menotti and Fondazione Monini.
This film documents the tenth anniversary of the Spoleto Festival, or the Festival dei Due Mondi, which was founded by Gian Carlo Menotti in 1957. Menotti’s idea involved bringing American artists to Italy for performances and exhibitions, so it seemed appropriate for the American filmmaker Michael Blackwood to document the anniversary. Highlights of the film include interviews with Henry Moore regarding his stage designs for Menotti’s Don Giovanni, poetry readings with Allen Ginsberg and Giuseppe Ungaretti, Buckminster Fuller explaining his geodesic dome, and recordings from Jerzy Grotowski’s staging of El Principe Constante by Calderón, presented by the Warsaw Lab Theatre.