Massimo Foschi e Mariangela Melato in Orlando Furioso (1975).''Courtesy Archivio fotografico Rai Teche''

Programme:
6.00 PM Introduction by Marco Senaldi (“TV 70” scientific consultant)
6.30 PM ORLANDO FURIOSO – Episode 1 and 2
8.45 PM ORLANDO FURIOSO – Episode 3 and 4
11.00 PM ORLANDO FURIOSO – Episode 5

For the famous show arranged by Luca Ronconi at the 1969 Festival of the Two Worlds in Spoleto, Edoardo Sanguineti adapted the ottava rima of Orlando furioso into dialogues and concentrated on certain narrative genres, in keeping with the director’s idea of giving the audience a choice between different scenes taking place simultaneously. Some years later, Rai decided to make a television version of it to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Ariosto’s birth, offering Ronconi one of the first great opportunities to experiment with the potential of audiovisual recording, editing, and the gaze of the camera. For the television version, he had to give up on the simultaneous scenes (the idea of broadcasting different episodes on two television channels of the time was rejected), and he focused on transforming the project, adding new elements to the text, condensing the protagonists’ stories into single narrative parables, and highlighting the visual element with intriguing camera movements that gave the recording equipment a leading role.

ORLANDO FURIOSO (1975)
arrangement and adaption Edoardo Sanguineti, Luca Ronconi
photography Vittorio Storaro, Arturo Zavattini
set and costume designer Pierluigi Pizzi
main cast Massimo Foschi, Ottavia Piccolo, Luigi Diberti, Edmonda Aldini, Michele Placido, Peter Chatel, Marilù Tolo, Sergio Nicolai, Mariangela Melato, Claudia Giannotti, Spiros Focas, Orazio Costa, Paola Gassman, Marisa Fabbri, Miriam Acevedo.
broadcast on Programma Nazionale from 16.02.1975 to 16.03.1975