This film was made in Rome in the Spring of 1962 during my Antonioni period. I was on a Fulbright at the time, studying directing at the famous Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, and I wanted to sum up in a film some of my observations as a cinema student in Rome. So I made a film about two aspiring actors studying at the Centro who wanted to come to the Actor's Studio in New York and become movie stars overnight, and who actually believe that this is going to happen to them. The point of the film is that these actors are really incapable of acting in either sense of the word. but they certainly know how to go through the motions and are beautiful to look at and to listen to, if you don't mind Italian(s). One of the actors is dubbed be marce bellocchio, who has since become quite a director in his own right. this film is also notable for the mysterious performance of Astrid Weyman, the star of the Dutch feature, GANGSTER GIRL, by Franz Weiss. When Oscar Werner saw PROGETTI in Paris in the fall of '62 he became very excited and showing for Truffaut and Clouzot, who were also reportedly enthusiastic about the film.
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The Secret Cinema
Paul Bartel16mm, black and white, sound, 27.3 minRental format: 16mm