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Italy seen from the sky

Italia vista dal cielo In 1965 Esso Italiana entrusted director Folco Quilici with the creation of a series on "Italy seen from the sky." The mission was particularly challenging both for the enormous wealth of history, landscape and art, but also for the innovative use of the helicopter as a camera vector.

A sort of modern "cartography", a documentation of seas, coasts, cities, art, well or little known. The scripts for the video were written by great names as Leonardo Sciascia, Cesare Brandi, Mario Praz, Italo Calvino, Guido Piovene, Michele Prisco, Ignazio Silone, Mario Soldati, and others.

It took Quilici thirteen years, during which fourteen films were produced, with editions in foreign languages. The series won awards, was broadcast by RAI and major international networks. From 1969 to 1984 sixteen volumes were also published.

Esso Italiana, between 2002 and 2006, started a program to recover and reproduce the movies, renovated with advanced techniques to preserve them for the future, as a documentary evidence of the changes of the Italian landscape in over thirty years. The 14 titles of the series, which you will find here with parallel Italian / English text, are linked below.

Editions were made in English, French, German and Spanish and circulated through the embassies and the Italian Cultural Institutes. The documentaries were shown at fairs, Italian days and other events.

The Lazio documentary was presented by Ambassador Vinci at the UN headquarters. The Tuscany documentary was nominated for the Academy award as best documentary in 1971. The Basilicata and Calabria documentary won in 1968 the first prize at the national festival of documentary films in Venice (award for best director, best spoken commentary, best original score).

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Abruzzo e Molise
Abruzzo e Molise
(1970), text by Ignazio Silone and Folco Quilici - 36 minutes
Basilicata & Calabria
Basilicata & Calabria
(1967), text by Raffaele Garramone and Folco Quilici - 43 minutes
Campania
Campania
(1971) - text by Michele Prisco - 38 minutes
Liguria
Liguria
(1973) - text by Italo Calvino - narrating voice Riccardo Cucciolla -- 43 minutes
Lazio
Lazio
- (1975) text by Mario Praz and Folco Quilici - narrating voice Riccardo Cucciolla - 80 minutes
Puglia
Puglia
(1974) - text by Mario Praz and Folco Quilici - narrating voice Riccardo Cucciolla and Nico Rienzi - 43 minutes
Sardegna
Sardegna
(1978) - text by A. Cirese, G. Deledda, R. Delogu, G. Dessi, A. Gramsci, E. Lussu, M. Pallottino, A. Pigliaru, G. Piovene - narrating voice Folco Quilici - 54 minutes
Sicilia
Sicilia
(1970) - text by Leonardo Sciascia and Folco Quilici - 44 minutes
Toscana
Toscana (Tuscany)
(1971) - text by Mario Praz and Folco Quilici - 66 minutes
Umbria
Umbria
(1976) - text by Cesare Brandi and Folco Quilici - 43 minutes
Veneto & Venezia
Veneto & Venezia
(1968) - text by Giovanni Comisso and Folco Quilici, narrating voices Giancarlo Sbragia, Nando Gazzolo - 34 minutes
In preparation:
Piemonte & Valle d'Aosta(1974) - text by Mario Soldati, 50 minutes; Lombardia (1973) - text by Guido Piovene - 43 minutes; Emilia Romagna e Marche(1968), text by Augusto Frassineti and Folco Quilici - 44 minutes