We’ve been working on a number of great collections from local filmmakers here at the conservation center in the past few months.  Today I’ll tell you about one in particular:  Aldo Tambellini. 

scan from Aldo Tambellini's BLACKOUT (1966)


The films of Aldo Tambellini represent only a small portion of his creative output.  He is also a sculptor, poet, painter, and video artist who has been creating since the 1960s.  Back in 2010 the Harvard Film Archive presented The Black Films of Aldo Tambellini in our cinematheque and in January 2012 Aldo was the focus of a six program retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, which included many unseen or rarely-seen works.  In preparation for his most recent show, we worked with Aldo, his partner Anna, and Pia Bolognesi, University of Pisa, and Giulio Bursi, IULM, Milan, both film scholars and curators, to unearth and identify films from Aldo’s archive, many of which had no titles and existed in many varying versions.  A number of the films screening in the retrospective were digitized by technicians at La Camera Ottica Film and Video Restoration Laboratory (University of Udine- DAMS Gorizia), who worked for months especially on the hand-painted works by Tambellini.  The entirety of Aldo’s collection stored at Harvard was fully processed in late 2011, and many of the titles are already searchable in Harvard’s HOLLIS catalog, with an online finding aid to guide researchers through the collection forthcoming in 2012. 

double DVD released by the Italian label VON is now available in Europe, including hours of video experiments by Tambellini from the years 1966 to 1976.  Another DVD compiling Tambellini’s ‘Black Film’ series will be published by French label Re:voir later this year.  The former arrived at the HFA this week, and will be available at the Fine Arts Library for viewing in February, and the latter should be available from the Harvard libraries in 2012.

Stay tuned for more collection updates:  next time, the films of Karen Aqua!

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