Vaghe stelle dell’Orsa …: remembrances
in Cinema – Italy
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Citing from the poem "Le ricordanze/Recollections" as the title of his film, Luchino Visconti introduced and commented on the journey to the past and to memory that he was about to undertake with his characters. The phrase 'Vaghe stelle dell'Orsa' entered directly into the narrative of the film as the title of the autobiographical novel of the character, Gianni. Inserted between two films in colour, Vaghe stelle dell'Orsa.. seems to stand out in Visconti's work like the black-and-white reproduction of a lost painting. In line with the title that reproduces the beginning of Leopardi's Le ricordanze, Vaghe stelle dell'Orsa.. recounts the vertigo of the individual seeking to repress the past, and the impossibility of escaping it and, at the same time, rediscovering 'lost time'. The film is an archive of memories, filled with objects and symbolic gestures, at the same time depicting Visconti's recollections, existential, artistic and cultural.

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