Le opere e i giorni

The Works and the Days

Country: Italy
Year: 2006
Duration: 114'

Civitella San Paolo, an emblem of disorientation in the elsewhere of foreignness and non-return. Where works find no grounds for completion for reasons of need, desire or forms, where the days no longer respond to anticipation or duties and have abdicated their function of marking time according to the natural sequence of human life. Therefore, this isn’t a tale, but an inexorable peregrination in a mental and visionary archeology. Rather than real encounters, there are ghostly iridescences, allurements in a play of reflections.

“The final effort, a summary of an idea and a way of ‘making cinema’ that is absolutely foreign to any rule and any group membership. Thirty years later here is a return – that I feel is successful and proudly conscious – to the gestures of Necropolis and Trapianto. I am very satisfied with the result and even more than a little surprised by the outcome of such daring, such pitiless ‘willpower,’ without any self-pity, truly ‘Nietzsche-like.’ But you judge for yourselves.” (F. Brocani)


film director

Francesco Brocani

Francesco Brocani (Murazzano, Piedmont) graduated in law from the University of Turin and received his diploma in directing from the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, where he lived from 1962 to 1990. Along with Carmelo Bene, Mario Schifano and Alberto Grifi, he was one of the major exponents of Italian avant-garde cinema of the 1970s. He acted in Schifano’s film Trapianto, consunzione e morte di Franco Brocani (1969) and collaborated in the other works of the trilogy by the painter-filmmaker: Satellite (1967) and Umano, non
(1968). He now lives and works in Civitella San Paolo, in the province of Rome.


Necropolis (1970), La via del silenzio (1979), Clodia - fragmenta (1980), Voci da un pianeta in estinzione (1981), Via i piedi dalla terra (La ghirlanda poetica) (1992), A ridosso dei ruderi, i trionfi (1996), Medicina i misteri (2002), Le opere e i giorni (2006)