Films by Massimo Bacigalupo

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An evening of rarely screened films by Italian experimental filmmaker Massimo Bacigalupo, on the occasion of one of his seldom visits to New York.

After first receiving attention at the age of 19 for his independent, medium-length film “Quasi una tangente (Almost a tangent)” (1966) — which like many of his early works was shot on standard 8mm — Bacigalupo soon became a central figure in the experimental film scene in Italy as both artist and critic/theoretician. As a student in Rome he was a founding member of the Cooperative del Cinema Indipendente in 1967 — which was modeled after the Film-makers’ Co-operative in New York — and wrote film criticism for magazines such as “Film Critica,” “Bianco & Nero,” and Mekas’ “Film Culture.”

Bacigalupo’s filmmaking has been informed by American poetry and the lyrical and anti-commercial forms of the New American Cinema in New York. Shot on black & white 8mm film and often edited in camera, early ambitious films in terms of length and aesthetic, like “Quasi una Tangente” and “60 Metri per il 31 Marzo” (200 ft. for March 31st), nevertheless retain a sense of the personal. And, at the time they were made, they could be shared with friends in a living room via a small-sized 8mm projector. Located outside of the perceived epicenter of the film revolution in the US, through his oeuvre — which is infused with experimentation, everyday life, and friendship — Bacigalupo offers a unique contribution to the history of avant-garde and independent film.

The filmmaker has always had deep connections with the United States. His mother was born and raised in Elizabeth, PA, and between 1973 and 1975 he lived in New York, where he attended Columbia University and received his PhD in American Literature.

Bacigalupo will be in attendance and available for a Q&A following the screening.

Advance Tickets (this event is IN-PERSON only):
General admission $9.
Member admission $7.

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Microscope Gallery - New York, United States


Monday, November 14, 2022 - 19:00



Monday, November 14, 2022 - 19:00
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