Venice Film Festival: World Restoration Premiere of “Il caso Mattei”

Zina Tasreen , 05 Sep 2012
"Il caso Mattei" poster
Il caso Mattei…

Remember reading here a few months back that Gucci in collaboration with Martin Scorcese’s The Film Foundation reinstated Sergio Leone’s magnum opus Once Upon a Time in America to its original glory? Well, the duo’s back, and this time they have restored Il caso Mattei (The Mattei Affair), Francesco Rosi’s 1972 political thriller on real-life events. The world restoration premiere of the film took place on Friday, August 31st, during the 69th Venice International Film Festival – and we’ve some pics from it, courtesy of Gucci.

Charlotte Casiraghi & Patrizio di Marco at the world restoration premiere of "Il caso Mattei/The Mattei Affair" at the 69th Venice International Film Festival (Photo courtesy | Gucci/Getty Images)
Charlotte Casiraghi with Gucci CEO Patrizio di Marco… (Photo courtesy | Gucci/Getty Images)
Charlotte Casiraghi in Gucci Pre-Fall 2012 at the world restoration premiere of "Il caso Mattei/The Mattei Affair" at the 69th Venice International Film Festival (Photo courtesy | Gucci/Getty Images)
Charlotte Casiraghi in Gucci Pre-Fall 2012… (Photo courtesy | Gucci/Getty Images)

Charlotte Casiraghi, Grace Kelly’s granddaughter and the face of Gucci’s ‘Forever New’ campaign, wore a Gucci Pre-Fall 2012 -13 nude silk blouse with white silk cady skirt, cherry suede studded box clutch and red and beige studded high-heeled sandals.

Brit Marling in Gucci Pre-Fall 2012 at the world restoration premiere of "Il caso Mattei/The Mattei Affair" at the 69th Venice International Film Festival (Photo courtesy | Gucci/Getty Images)
Brit Marling in Gucci Pre-Fall 2012… (Photo courtesy | Gucci/Getty Images)

American actress Brit Marling, too, opted for a number from the Pre-Fall 2012-13 collection: a black silk crepe long sleeved dress. She completed her look with some more Gucci paraphernalia: black patent leather high heels and a black brocade clutch with stirrup detail.

Trudie Styler, Colleen Atwood, Thelma Schoonmaker at the world restoration premiere of "Il caso Mattei/The Mattei Affair" at the 69th Venice International Film Festival (Photo courtesy | Gucci/Getty Images)
From left to right: Trudie Styler, Colleen Atwood, Thelma Schoonmaker (Photo courtesy | Gucci/Getty Images)

Sting’s missus Trudie Styler wore a cream silk-crepe jacket – apparently from the Cruise 2013 collection – with black cotton top and black satin leopard printed trousers. Heart the Converses – and the care-free attitude – she’s totally making it work at the red carpet! Academy award-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (for: Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha, Alice in Wonderland) wore a nude silk blouse with black-belted pencil skirt (supposedly from the Pre-Fall 2012 -13 – I couldn’t spot it in the lookbook), which she paired with high-heeled zebra printed pumps with cutout detail.

Myriam Catania & Luca Argentero at the world restoration premiere of "Il caso Mattei/The Mattei Affair" at the 69th Venice International Film Festival (Photo courtesy | Gucci/Getty Images)
Myriam Catania & Luca Argentero… (Photo courtesy | Gucci/Getty Images)

Italian actress Myriam Catania went for a burgundy silk jersey sleeveless dress with gold studded detail around the neckline, supposedly from the Cruise 2013 collection. Champagne leather 1973 handbag and beige suede high heeled sandals, by Gucci, completed her look. Her husband, the Italian actor Luca Argentero, turned up in a horror of a suit, by Gucci. The charcoal grey peak lapel two-button suit was too long and the fit around the body was way off. And don’t get me started with the trousers! The white dress shirt and black leather lace ups, well, let’s say they’re only decent pieces from this outfit.

Patrizio di Marco, Virginie Couperie, Charlotte Casiraghi, Thelma Schoonmaker, Collen Atwood, Sharmin Obaid-Chinoy, Brit Marling, Myriam Catania at the world restoration premiere of "Il caso Mattei/The Mattei Affair" at the 69th Venice International Film Festival (Photo courtesy | Gucci/Getty Images)
From left to right: Patrizio di Marco, Virginie Couperie, Charlotte Casiraghi, Thelma Schoonmaker, Collen Atwood, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Brit Marling, Myriam Catania (Photo courtesy | Gucci/Getty Images)

French equestrian champion Virginie Couperie wore a camel silk blouse with black silk-crepe trousers, black leather belt with dragonfly detail from the Pre-Fall 2012-13 collection. Black suede high heeled sandals with gold stud detail, by Gucci, completed her look.

Francesco Rosi & Alberto Barbera at the world restoration premiere of "Il caso Mattei/The Mattei Affair" at the 69th Venice International Film Festival (Photo courtesy | Gucci/Getty Images)
Il caso Mattei’s director Francesco Rosi (left) with Italian film critic Alberto Barbera (right)… (Photo courtesy | Gucci/Getty Images)

FYI, Il caso Mattei is said to be an unflinching exposé of Italian politics, society and morality. Here’s how the film unfolds…

The film explores the ambitions, accomplishments, and mysterious death of Eni founder Enrico Mattei. The success of Eni, a state-owned oil company, was considered a key reason for Italy’s postwar economic boom, but Mattei’s expanding political power and unorthodox vision made him many enemies. He was killed in 1962 when his private plane crashed outside Milan. Inclement weather was the official explanation, but this ignored the testimony of eyewitnesses who saw a mid-air explosion before the plane fell to earth.

Still from "Il caso Mattei" (Photo credit | Sergio Strizzi / Photomovie, courtesy of Museo Nazionale del Cinema - Fondo Rosi )
Still from “Il caso Mattei”… (Photo credit | Sergio Strizzi / Photomovie. Photo courtesy | Museo Nazionale del Cinema – Fondo Rosi )

The new 4K digital restoration, completed at the Cineteca di Bologna’s preservation facility, L’Immagine Ritrovata, used original camera negatives and vintage prints.  L’Immagine Ritrovata, working in collaboration with The Film Foundation, Paramount Pictures, and Museo Nazionale del Cinema di Torino completed the restoration in time to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the film’s release. The restoration was funded by Gucci, Eni and The Film Foundation.

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