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Sunday Cinematheque at the Chazen: Remembering Paolo Gioli

February 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Sunday Cinematheque at the Chazen: Michael Schultz and Paolo Gioli
Over four once-a-month screenings this calendar, we will provide a sampling of the feature film work by Wisconsin’s Own Michael Schultz, a pioneering African-American filmmaker who sustained a successful career within the Hollywood studio system over five decades. Born (in 1939) and raised in Milwaukee, Schultz developed a reputation as one of the most versatile feature film directors of the 1970s and 80s, and became particularly renowned for his comedies. A specialist with large, multi-character casts, Schultz also revealed a deftness for handling issues of race with a gentle, kind humor, and unexpected bursts of poignancy. Also at the Chazen on February 19, we will pay tribute to the late avant-garde artist Paolo Gioli (1942-1922) with a selection of his experimental short films.
Chazen Auditorium
SUN, 2/19, 2 p.m.
Remembering Paolo Gioli
Italy | 16mm | 76 min.
Director: Paolo Gioli
An avant-garde artist whose work was completed between the late 1960s and his death in 2022, Paolo Gioli occupies a unique spot in the history of Italian cinema. Gioli’s films explore the mechanical, chemical, and perceptual elements of the cinema that, while often overlooked, are nevertheless essential to the cinematic experience as we have known it. This selection of Gioli’s short films, curated and presented by UW–Madison Professor of Italian Patrick Rumble, offers examples of the filmmaker’s playfully archeological attitude towards the medium and its technology, resulting in Rumble’s description of Gioli as “among the last of the first filmmakers.” The program of 8 Gioli short films spans between Traces of Traces (1969) and Natura Obscura (2013).


February 19
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Chazen Museum of Art
750 University Ave
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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