Life is deadly

the precarious life of Cesare Maltoni 


Where to start by making a cinematic portrait of Cesare Maltoni? His eclectic and multifaceted figure seems to require to be told from multiple perspectives. There is a geographical Maltoni - profoundly romagnolo - who combines the calm movements of the plain with those rapid and dynamic movements of the man of the world, the traveller. There is also the Maltoni scientist, the best known, international point of reference in the field of research on environmental carcinogenesis and cancer prevention. And here immediately appears the political Maltoni who uses research data to fight battles for the public good and the health of all. Then there is the Maltoni creator of spaces to devote to scientific research, health, prevention and care of people (he is connected to great works such as the Ramazzini Institute, the outpatient prevention centers, high-tech laboratories, archives, hospice). And finally, the almost franciscan Maltoni in showing a strong, always unchanged sensitivity to the pain of those who suffer. Maltoni is essentially a great Renaissance man, so much so that he explicitly refers to the epidemiological studies of Bernardino Ramazzini, to the tradition of knowledge based on empirical knowledge: "Prevention is better than cure". The documentary film bases its narration on this heroic versatility of the protagonist, heroic essentially for three reasons: because he is profoundly human (even in his traits of weakness), because outside the box, and because it is characteristic of heroes to obtain results unattainable to others. The figure of the scientist is striking for his volitional character, his competence, his humanity, and for the legacy of value that he gives us. A space for action that is not closed but which, on the contrary, opens up wide spaces for reflection on all the themes that concern practice and scientific research, the study of the prevention of deadly diseases, the very idea of public health and the protection of people. An inheritance to be collected and told.

      Written and directed by: Michele Mellara, Alessandro Rossi
      Narrating voice: Luigi Dadina
      Paolo's voice: Beppe Tranquillino Minerva
      Franco's voice: Stefano Pesce
      Testimonies: Fiorella Belpoggi, Morando Soffritti, Donata Carretti, 
      Pasquale Chieco, Philip J. Landrigan
      Produced by: Ilaria Malagutti
      Production: Mammut Film
      Archive searches: Ciro Gatto, Marco Cavalli, Serena Oddo, Laura Dinelli
      Director of photography: Marco Mensa
      Operators: Michele Mellara, Francesco Merini, Marco Cavalli, 
      Live-recorded sound: Alessandro Rossi
      Editing: Corrado Iuvara (a.m.c.)
      Sound creations, sound editing and mix: Massimo Carozzi
      Musics: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Claudio Monteverdi, Caesar Franck, Mikis Theodorakis 
      “Sogno di libertà" cantata da Milva,
      Scenography and costumes: Gloria Dardari, Marco Garuti
      Graphics and animations: K2: Niccolò Manzoiini, Lorenzo Burlando, Costanza Degli Abbati, Axel Zani 
      Press office: Echo Group, Stefania Collalto
      Developed with the support of: Istituto Ramazzini
      in collaboration with: RAI Cinema
      with contribution by: MIBACT (Direzione generale Cinema), 
      Fondo Audiovisivo della Regione Emilia Romagna 
      Distribution: I Wonder
      Languages: italian, English
      Format: HD
      Genre: Historicol, Portrait, Science
      Duration: 83’

      Biografilm - Storie italiane (2019)


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