Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti’s critofilms

Cod.: ASO0808

Film review catalogue produced by the Olivetti Historical Archives Association.
Between 1954 and 1964, Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti made a series of documentaries aimed at interpreting art and the environment in a new, critical way, as part of activities for the famous magazine commissioned and promoted by Adriano Olivetti, SeleArte. Ragghianti called these documentaries, Critofilms, i.e. art criticism – penetration, interpretation and reconstruction of the process that is specific to the work of art or artist – achieved through cinematic means. Ragghianti is one of the most important art critics and scholars of the past century. He conceptualised and structured these films not as documentaries, but as critical texts in which the understanding and interpretation of the works takes place not so much through classic off-screen commentary, but mainly through camera movement, editing and lighting. At the time, they were quite surprising.

Publisher: Associazione Archivio Storico Olivetti
Year: 2000
Language: Italian
Size: 21 x 29.7 cm
Pages: 43


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