Alberto Grifi

From: Maurizio Mercuri (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Apr 26 2007 - 14:26:57 PDT

I'm really sad to announce that Alberto Grifi, one of the finest Italian
experimental filmmakers (among his works "Anna" and "La verifica
incerta"), passed away on April, 22nd. He was 69.

Grifi was born in Rome the 29th of May 1938, in an office in which his
father made special recording machines. Painter and film maker, he was
also a photographer and inventor of video and film devices like the
"vidigrafo" that, in 1972, he used to transfer on film "/Anna"/, the
first film shot on video in Italy. Co-directed with Massimo Sarchielli,
/Anna/ became a cult film for the post-68 counterculture. It was shown
at the Berlin Film Festival and at the Venice Biennial in 1975 and came
to Cannes in 1976.

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