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Venice international film festival

It’s the film festival that takes place annually in Venice, Italy (usually between the end of August and the beginning of September), in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Marconi waterfront (and in other nearby or nearby buildings), on the Venice Lido and in the rest of the lagoon.

After the Oscar, it is the oldest film event in the world: the first edition was held between August 6 and 21, 1932 (while the Academy Award has been held since 1930, in a single evening).

The exhibition is part of the wider activity of the Venice Biennale, a cultural institution founded in 1895.

From the same year it organized the famous International Exhibition of Contemporary Art and from 1930 the International Festival of Contemporary Music.

The 77th edition was held from September 2 to 12, 2020.
Lion of Saint Mark

The main prize that is awarded (along with several others) is the Golden Lion, which owes its name to the symbol of the city.

The first Venice International Film Festival (called “1st International Exhibition of Cinematographic Art”) was held from August 6 to 21, 1932.

The festival

It was the brainchild of the president of the Venice Biennale, Count Giuseppe Volpi, the sculptor Antonio Maraini, secretary general, and Luciano De Feo, the secretary general of the Educational Cinematographic Union, an emanation of the League of Nations based in Rome, agreed on the idea of holding the exhibition in the lagoon city and the first director-selector.

The exhibition, rightly considered the first international event of its kind, received strong support from the fascist authorities.

The first edition took place on the terrace of the Hotel Excelsior on the Lido of Venice, but it was not yet a competitive exhibition.

Among them, it is worth mentioning Forbidden by the great American director Frank Capra, Grand Hotel by Edmund Goulding, The Champion by King Vidor, the first and inimitable Frankenstein by James Whale, The Devil to Pay! by George Fitzmaurice, Men, what scoundrels… by Mario Camerini and To me the freedom! by René Clair.

Leading personalities

In this first exhibition, it was the actors who appeared on the big screen through the films screened who ensured the exhibition a greater success than expected, bringing more than twenty-five thousand spectators to the theatres.

We are talking about the major international stars of the time: Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Fredric March, Wallace Beery, Norma Shearer, James Cagney, Ronald Colman, Loretta Young, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, without forgetting the Italian idol Vittorio De Sica and the great Boris Karloff, who went down in history for his role as the monster in the first Frankenstein.

The first film

in the history of the exhibition was shown on the evening of August 6, 1932: it was Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Rouben Mamoulian; the film was followed by a great ball in the halls of the Excelsior. The first Italian film, Gli uomini, che mascalzoni… (Men, what scoundrels…) by Camerini, was presented on the evening of August 11, 1932.

In the absence of a jury and the awarding of official prizes, introduced only later, a referendum was held by the organizing committee.

while René Clair’s film A me la libertà is elected as the funniest; as best actress Helen Hayes is awarded, as best actor Fredric March; the “most moving” film turns out to be the American film The Phallus of Madelon Claudet by Edgar Selwyn.

The second edition takes place two years later, from 1st to 20th August 1934. Initially, in fact, the review is inextricably linked to the wider Biennale of Venice, respecting the cadence.

The experience of the first edition brings immediately, however, an important novelty: it is now the first competitive edition.

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