A Season of Classic Films: Comizi d’amore by PP Pasolini

This summer the big screen of Piazza Maggiore will light up again, a restart expected by an entire community. On the occasion of the ‘Sotto le stelle del cinema’, Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna will present the new 4K restoration of Comizi d’amore (Love Meetings, Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1965) during two free special screenings with English subtitles on Monday 28 June.

The film has been restored at the L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory, by Cineteca di Bologna, in collaboration with Compass Film and with the support of MiC and A Season of Classic Films, an initiative of ACE – Association des Cinémathèques Européennes within the Creative Europe MEDIA programmme of the European Commission. Twenty-two film institutions from all over Europe, including the Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna, are taking part this year in A Season of Classic Films. The initiative offers free access to restored European films, connecting the public with cinema history and the preservation of film heritage.

The restored film will be presented with a selection of never-before-seen outtakes and an introduction by Roberto Chiesi, manager of Pier Paolo Pasolini Research Centre-Archive of Cineteca di Bologna.

Comizi d’amore (Love Meetings) | Italy, 1965, 92′

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini. Producer: Alfredo Bini. DoP: Mario Bernardo, Tonino Delli Colli, Script: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Editing: Nino Baragli. Physical characteristics of first release: 35mm, 92’, B&W, sound, Italian. Film copy screened during A Season of Classic Films: New restoration, with a selection of never-before-seen outtakes. DCP, 92’, Italian. Available subtitles: English. Copyright: Compass Film.

For Comizi d’amore, Pier Paolo Pasolini travelled across Italy, from factories to beaches, and interviewed passers-by about their attitudes toward sex. A charismatic interlocutor, he questions them, mic in hand, on a wide range of topics: the importance of sex in everyday life, prostitution, homosexuality, the legalisation of divorce, sexual equality. While discussing the customs of the country and its changing mores, his subjects invariably begin to broach other topics, like the way ideas about sex are informed by nationalism, religion or gender relations. Italy in the 1960s is a very divided country: each region, each city apply a different “moral compass” and Pasolini makes the questions no one usually asks. Today, the situation is very different but somehow very similar: some topics are not taboo anymore, but they keep dividing consciences.

Monday 28 June, 9.45pm, Piazza Maggiore, Bologna & Gamberini bezel, Bologna. With English subtitles. Reserve your free ticket here!







The Association of European Cinematheques (Association des Cinémathèques Européennes – ACE) is an affiliation of 49 European national and regional film archives. Its role is to safeguard the European film heritage and make the rich audiovisual records collected and preserved by the various film archives accessible to the public. ACE is a regional branch of FIAF (Fédération Internationale des Archives du Film/ International Federation of Film Archives).


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