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| WOMEN PORTRAYING ART|
With his delightfully amusing idea Patrick Nicholas, an English photographer and resident of Orvieto, Italy, has for a number of years been creating original tableaux-vivants (living pictures), featuring muses from the house next door.
Version: Italian | Length: 29' | Year of production: 2008
| THE GENIUS OF DOMENICO FONTANA: Engineer, architect, town planner|
Domenico Fontana (born in Melide, Switzerland 1543 – died in Naples, Italy 1607) was an architect and town planner under Pope Situs V and a main player in the building of modern Rome.
Version: Italian | Length: 49' | Year of production: 2007
| PHARAOH'S GOLD|
In order to boost tourism, Andermatt, a small ski resort in the Swiss Alps, has chosen Samih Sawiris, an Egyptian entrepreneur who is well known for having created holiday resorts along the beaches of the Gulf.
Version: Italian | Length: 28' | Year of production: 2007
| OH GIOVANNA !|
Giovanna Casotto was leading the quiet life of a housewife with her husband and her two children, until the day she suddenly discovered erotic cartoons.
Version: Italian | Length: 38' | Year of production: 2007
“It is the artist’s duty to convey positive messages, through aesthetic gestures and the universal language of art, on location and among the people.” The focus of the research undertaken by Minelli & Repetto is the idea of distance - the area between two points or two individuals, in its various meanings: spatial, sociological, geographical or psychological.
Version: Italian | Length: 35' | Year of production: 2004
| PUPPET STRINGS: THE THREADS OF A STORY|
Puppet Strings: The Threads of a Story unfolds like a winding path, starting out from distant roots. It peers into a most interesting current cultural and artistic phenomenon: the life and works of the puppeteers of the Compagnia Marionettistica Carlo Colla and Sons of Milan.
Version: Italian | Length: 45' | Year of production: 2002
| ARCHITECTOUR DE SUISSE|
Switzerland’s wealthy and highly evolved society is reflected in its contemporary architecture. For each project, architects and purchasers succeed in discovering refined technical solutions, which also define unique cultural contents.
Version: Italian English French German Spanish | Length: 26x15' | Year of production: 2001
| Palestinian writers|
The first part deals with women writers of the West Bank and the occupied territories, and begins with Sahar Khalifah, who is considered the major writer in the Palestinian world.
Version: Italian | Length: 2x50' | Year of production: 2000
The Mummenschanz are a group of mimes who have been known worldwide for 2 decades. Strangely enough, even though all the world's television companies have at one time or another filmed these Swiss mimes' sketches, no documentary has ever been made of their unusual adventure; no film has ever valorised their aesthetic contribution to the modern visual arts.
Version: Italian, French, German, English | Length: 54' | Year of production: 2000
| Slicing through history: Borromini and San Carlino|
A mixture of surprise, awe and curiosity arise within those who see it. Against a lovely backdrop of mountains, along the Parco Ciani - end of the lungolago, a peculiar wooden construction emerges out of the waters of the lake Lugano, It’s a life-size, vertical section of Francesco Borromini’s masterpiece, a wooden model of the church of San Carlo Alle Quattro Fontane in Rome.
Version: Italian, German | Length: 50' | Year of production: 1999
| Israeli writers|
Born in the land of Israel between 1930 and 1954, these four authors are considered the most important and representative Israeli writers of the end of the century.
Version: Italian, English | Length: 4x50' | Year of production: 1999
| The lost Gioconda|
On August 22nd, 1911, a startling and sensational event made front-page news all around the globe. The Gioconda, Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, had vanished from the Louvre, removed by mysterious and surreptitious hands.
Version: Italian | Length: 45' | Year of production: 1999
| L'infinito: do you remember Leopardi?|
The latest generations have lost the habit of learning poetry by heart. However, if you say “Leopardi” to a fifty year old, he or she will emphatically answer reciting the first verse of “Infinito” or of the poem “A Holiday’s Eve”.
Version: Italian | Length: 49' | Year of production: 1998
| Beneath the timber roof|
The development of new building technologies, over the past few years, has seen a spectacular resurgence of timber as a viable construction material. Similarly, the growing interest for this material, on behalf of architects and engineers, has ensured a great leap forward for wood-based architecture and its consequent popularity.
Version: Italian | Length: 46' | Year of production: 1998
| The statues of Fernando Botero in Lugano's street|
From Tuscany to Ticino, a difficult and exciting journey for the twelve monumental sculptures by the Columbian artist Fernando Botero. The sculptures, which are part of a large exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Lugano, were transported from the storehouses of the Mariani foundry in Pietrasanta (Lucca) to Via Nassa in Lugano, and bear witness to the various stages of this challenging project.
Version: Italian | Length: 15' | Year of production: 1997
| Five characters on the edge of reality|
Parallel to “official” scientific research, financed by industry, universities and States, inventors and independent researchers contribute greatly to technological and industrial innovation as well as to improving our way of life.
Version: Italian | Length: 46' | Year of production: 1996
| The birth of a museum|
A documentary on the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art which was designed by the Swiss architect Mario Botta and opened in January 1995. The Italian-speaking Swiss Television has followed the birth and the growth of the new and much admired Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco.
Version: Italian | Length: 52' | Year of production: 1995
| Domenico Trezzini|
The documentary film tells the story of the almost unknown architect Domenico Trezzini (1670-1734) from Astano, southern Switzerland, who was the first builder of the city of Saint Petersburg in Russia.
Version: Italian, French, German, English | Length: 44' | Year of production: 1994
| Native american writers|
In 1969 Navarro Scott Momaday, a writer of Kiowa descent, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for hi novel “House made of dawn”. This has catalyzed the “renaissance” of Native American literature in the United States.
Version: Italian, English | Length: 4x50' | Year of production: 1994
| Turner and Switzerland: travel journals 1802-1844|
Since the end of the 18th C, Switzerland and its mountains have attracted many tourists in search of places where nature was still unspoilt. Some of them were scientists, philosophers, men of letters or artists.
Version: Italian, French, English | Length: 44' | Year of production: 1992
| Giovanni Segantini|
Giovanni Segantini, a great painter of the 19th C., has been for a long time almost forgotten by researchers and critics. His pictures, however, have been very popular in Switzerland and have often been reproduced on magazines, calendars and postcards.
Version: Italian, French | Length: 55' | Year of production: 1991
| Japanese writers|
The second series of documentary films on contemporary literature and deals with three great Japanese writers.
He died in 1991 at the age of 83, and is considered the heir of the great literary school of Tanizaki and Kawabata.
Version: Italian, English | Length: 3x50' | Year of production: 1990
| Afro-americani writers|
This third series of documentary films on contemporary literature, produced in 1990 and 1991, is a first time ever journey into Afro-American culture, and deals with those writers who are considered the best among active black American authors.
Version: Italian, English | Length: 6x50' | Year of production: 1990
| Air, sand and fire - The Roman art of glass blowing|
In Cairo, half a dozen of glass workshops still survive in precarious conditions. There glass is blown using exactly the same techniques as hundreds of years ago.
Version: Italian | Length: 39' | Year of production: 1988
| American writers|
This first series of documentary films on contemporary literature 9 documentary-portraits of 60’ each deals with some of the most famous writers in the US.
Version: Italian, English | Length: 9x60' | Year of production: 1988
| Hermann Hesse's long summer|
On 9 August 1962, Hermann Hesse, one of the greatest writers of this century, died in Montagnola, where he had lived since May 1919. Twenty-five years later, the TSI - SWISS TELEVISION dedicates a documentary to this distinguished Ticino’s guest.
Version: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish | Length: 52' | Year of production: 1987
| 100° anniversary of the birth of Alberto Giacometti (1901 - 1966)|
This documentary features a collection of testimonials on the life and works of Alberto Giacometti, both a painter and a sculptor, and one of the most significant artists of our century.
Version: Italian | Length: 75'+10' (interview) | Year of production: 1969
4 cameramen per Henry Moore (30’ - 1974)
Borromini Francesco (P. Portoghesi) (60’ - 1967)
Botta Mario (43’ - 1985)
Fathy Hassan, costruire per i poveri (63’ - 1982)
Frank Robert, fotografo (58’ - 1984).
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