directed by Lewis Gilbert | United Kingdom 1966 – 114’
music by Sonny Rollins
ROGER ROTA “TrÎbus”
featuring MARCO COLONNA and FRANCESCO CHIAPPERINI
Live musical accompaniment to the film
LE VOYAGE IMAGINAIRE
Directed by René Clair | France 1926 – 80’
Also this year the collaboration between two international festivals is renewed: in 2019 the customary handing over of the baton to the Bergamo Film Meeting from Bergamo Jazz is marked by two events. The first is the screening of Alfie, one of the most famous and representative films of the English Free Cinema of the 1960s, as well as one of the most internationally acclaimed films directed by Lewis Gilbert. The soundtrack is also highly significant, composed and performed by one of the greatest jazz saxophonists of all time: Sonny Rollins. Alfie’s main theme, with Michael Caine as the main character, is one of the most beautiful compositions by the “Saxophone Colossus”.
The second event will be the customary soundtrack to a silent film: this time for Le Voyage Imaginaire (1926), a silent comedy directed by the great Renè Clair. The film recounts the love of a bank employee, Jean, for Dolly, a secretary: Jean’s plans are however hindered by two colleagues. One day, he falls asleep and dreams about fairies and magical events. Le Voyage Imaginaire quotes through parody a number of contemporary films and makes extensive use of the most popular special effects known at that time. Saxophonist Roger Rota has the task of accompanying it with music, along with a trio formed specifically with musicians playing his same instrument (but also clarinettists), Francesco Chiapperini and Marco Colonna.