Raffaella Carrà in Ma che sera! (1978).''Courtesy Archivio fotografico Rai Teche''

6.00 PM MA CHE SERA – Episode 1 and 2
8.45 PM MA CHE SERA – Episode 3 and 4
11.30 PM MA CHE SERA – Episode 5 and 6

Inspired by Umberto Eco’s famous 1961 essay on the celebrity Mike Bongiorno, Francesco Vezzoli seeks to analyse one of the greatest and most fundamental female figures in Italian television. From the timid yet mischievous “Tuca Tuca” (1971) to the sensual “A Far l’Amore Comincia Tu” (1976), and from there to the explicit “Tanti Auguri” (1978) and the reassuringly campy “Ballo Ballo” (1982), “The Phenomenology of Raffaella Carrà” – among prime-time variety shows, unforgettable music hits, dance routines, and sparkly costumes – aims to reinterpret the identity of “Italy’s most beloved showgirl” in relation to the evolution of sexual mores that swept the entire nation.
In collaboration with Luca Corbetta and Andrea Giannone.

MA CHE SERA (1978)
written by Gianni Boncompagni, Dino Verde
directed by Gino Landi
set designer Cesarini da Senigallia
costume designer Luca Sabatelli
choreographer Gino Landi
lead dancer Enzo Paolo Turchi
musical direction Paolo Olmi
presenter Raffaella Carrà
broadcasted on Programma Nazionale from 04.03.1978 to 22.04.1978