Scherza con i fanti

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Scherza con i fanti

Directed by Gianfranco Pannone, Ambrogio Sparagna

  • Italy 2019; 72 min
  • Original version: Italian
  • Genre: Documentary


A tragicomic tour of Italy's recent history, and at the same time, a song of peace, the film is a backward glance that takes in over a hundred years, from the Unification of Italy to the present, to illustrate the rocky and often ironic relationship Italians have with the military and power in general. The film combines invaluable stock footage from the Istituto Luce Archives with marvelous folk songs and four diaries kept by: a soldier for the Kingdom of Italy in the 1800s, a fighter in Ethiopia in 1935, a female resistance fighter during World War II, and a sergeant in the Italian Navy in the Kosovo. The result is private stories and the collective memory of a people who, with two millennia of war under their belt, should have a few tips about world peace.

Director's Statement

Folk songs and war diaries used to show, humorously at times, the strained relationship between the Italian people, the military, and power at large: this is what we set out to do, with the larger picture of a universal hymn to peace ever in our sights. We believe that Italy's tortured and often bloody history, over the course of two thousand years, could well serve as a warning for one and all, if you think of the complex conflicts playing out in our own particularly trying times.








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