Accademia Nazionale del Cinema:
the tricks of the trade of an Oscar Prize and a King of dubbers.

Last month ÉCU on the road, made a stop in Bologna, at the Accademia Nazionale del Cinema, for a double screening! The Accademia hosts five courses attended by students from over 60 Italian cities. The original mission, namely to educate and prepare students in order for them to be able to understand, confront and successfully overcome the challenges of a line of work in constant demand for professionalism and passion, has accompanied the Accademia from its first steps and continues today, when it represents one of the most valuable training opportunities in the audio-visual field that Italy boasts. The faculty is composed by teachers of absolute excellence in their respective fields of specialization. During our event we have had the honor and the pleasure to be able to interview two teachers of the school: the make up artist Manlio Rocchetti and the dubber Rodolofo Bianchi.

Manlio Rocchetti is the representative of one of the most famous Italian families in the cinema history, but he is also our only fellow Italian who has ever been awarded with an Academy Award for Best Make-Up (for the movie Driving Miss Daisy) by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Emmy Award winner for the movie Lonesome Dove, he has collected a lot of nominations at the Emmy Awards and BAFTA Awards. With a career of over 60 films (La nuit de Varennes, Once Upon a Time in America, The Prince of Tides, Wrestling Ernest Hemingway, The Paper, The Devil’s Advocate, Brokeback Mountain etc), Manlio Rocchetti is now make-up artist of choice for Martin Scorsese, with whom he collaborated on The Last Temptation of Christ, The age of innocence, Bringing out the Dead, Gangs of New York and Shutter Island. Among the actors that he has put make up, the following people stand out: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, George Clooney, Leonardo Di Caprio, Jack Nicholson, Robert Duvall, Kevin Costner, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Liza Minnelli, Keanu Reeves, Michael Caine, Nick Nolte, Ben Kingsley, Marcello Mastroianni, Steve Martin, Max Von Sydow, Dan Ayckroyd, Joe Pesci, Susan Sarandon, James Woods, Bob Hoskins, Andy Garcia, Burt Reynolds, Monica Vitti, Claudia Cardinale etc.

Rodolfo Bianchi is a television, film and theater actor, and he is, unquestionably, the King of Italian dubbers. Already President of the National Voice-Actors Guild, his career includes hundreds of “sound apparitions”. He directed the dubbing of films like Babette’s Feast, Bad Lieutenant, Il Postino – The Postman, La Haine, The White Balloon, Bowling for Columbine, 3-Iron, The Departed, In the Valley of Elah, Elite Squad, Milk, Lebanon, A Prophet, Precious, Shutter Island, Alice in Wonderland and many, many more. He has been the “voice” of big actors as Gerard Depardieu, Jeremy Irons, Harvey Keitel, William Hurt, Ed Harris, Jeff Bridges, Dennis Hopper, Tommy Lee Jones, Michael Douglas, Nick Nolte, Gabriel Byrne, James Caan, Martin Sheen, Spencer Tracy, Roy Scheider, Jean Reno and Takeshi Kitano. He has had the honor of being awarded the Best Direction Award at the Grand Prix of International Dubbing for an astounding four-year streak, in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Ladies and Gentlemen, do you want to know their tricks of the trade and discover some interesting secrets to improve your films? Take paper and pen and watch their interviews!

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