Raphael – The Lord of the Arts pre­mieres in 3D at Eden Cine­mas on 1 Novem­ber

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

As part of its arts on screen se­ries, Eden Cine­mas presents Raphael – the Lord of the Arts, the first ever film adap­ta­tion of Raphael Sanzio and his art (1483-1520). The pre­miere of the 3D film will be held on 1 Novem­ber.

En­light­en­ing com­men­tary from the ex­perts takes us on a jour­ney start­ing from Urbino (where Raphael was born), stop­ping off in Florence and con­tin­u­ing on to Rome and the Vat­i­can, which rep­re­sent both the peak of Raphael’s bril­liant artis­tic ca­reer and its epi­logue.

The story is told through a to­tal of 20 lo­ca­tions and 70 art­works, more than 30 by Raphael, as well as with nu­mer­ous ex­clu­sive in­ter­views and orig­i­nal opin­ions.

The his­tor­i­cal re­con­struc­tions are in­spired by 18th cen­tury paint­ings (a pe­riod dur­ing which the artist was con­sid­ered very much a cult-fig­ure) and rep­re­sent­ing a kind of “fig­u­ra­tive tes­ta­ment”. They are de­pict­ing frag­ments of Raphael’s life, like snap­shot mo­ments. They give a sen­si­tive, sub­tle im­pres­sion of the artist’s life and evoke an emo­tional re­sponse from the au­di­ence, in­creas­ing their in­volve­ment through each chap­ter of ex­pert com­men­tary.

Lend­ing his face to Raphael Sanzio for these his­tor­i­cal re­con­struc­tions is ac­tor and di­rec­tor Flavio Par­enti (To Rome With Love, Io sono l’amore, Un Mat­ri­mo­nio). La Forna­r­ina, the woman the artist loved, is played by An­gela Curri ( La mafia uc­cide solo d’es­tate), with En­rico Lo Verso as Gio­vanni Santi and Marco Cocci as Pi­etro Bembo. Set de­sign and cos­tumes are by two of the finest tal­ents in Ital­ian cin­ema, Francesco Frigeri and Mau­r­izio Mil­lenotti, re­spec­tively.

Raphael: The Lord of the Arts will be show­ing ex­clu­sively at Eden Cine­mas for a very lim­ited. For a cin­e­matic ex­pe­ri­ence into the life and works of Raphael Sanzo log onto http://www.edencin­e­mas.com.mt/E vent/3036/

The B&W photo is of the well-head and gib­bet in their orig­i­nal set­ting at Villa Frere (cour­tesy ‘Coun­try Life’ mag­a­zine) while the colour photo is of the arte­fact as it stood at Casa Leoni in Sta Ven­era be­fore the restora­tion started

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