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Cineaste: It suddenly became the Party of the Democratic Left. Moretti: At that time, nobody knew that itwould be called that. As a matter of fact, in the meetings I filmed, everyone is talking about this Party that we will create but, since we didn't know what this entity would be, it was referred to as "this thing." Appropriately, "la cosa " means " the thing." One day I found out that there was a meeting scheduled for the next day to discuss thePCI secretary's proposal. I told my partner in my production company, Sacher Films, that we'll have to find a camera and a sound man for tomorrow. I filmed this meeting and found it very interesting. Then I started traveling around - I went to Bologna, Naples, and Turin. I went to visit various meetings of Communist Party chapters around the country, and I saw people, someof them very militant Communists, talking about the secretary's proposal for the first time. It was a unique moment, because hundreds of thousands of people were talking about the same thing at the same time, not only in the official forum of the Communist Party but also on the streets. It's a documentary that consists of talking heads. I'm not in the film handing people themicro- phone and asking them questions. Cineaste: What is the relationship between your satirical look at the Communist Party in Palombella Rossa, and the nonfictional treatment of the Party inLa Cosa? Has your own view of the Party evolved over the years? Moretti: First of all, I have to state some premises. I, like millions of other people in Italy, voted for the Communist Party. Nonetheless, I never registered and have never been a card- carrying member of the Party. From the middle of the Seventies to the middle of the Eighties, an average of one third of the population voted for the Communist Party. If the Communist Party had taken power, it certainly wouldn't have created a regime like the Soviet Union - at least that's my opinion. Italian Communism was very different. For many years, many regions of Italy have been governed by the left. Filming La Cosa from the outside of the Communist Party, I didn't think that there would be such a strong sentimental attachment between the Italian militants and the Eastern bloc. We're talking about theend of 1989, the year that everything exploded. I thought that the older militants in their sixties and seventies who had lived through the Cold War wouldstill be fond of the Eastern bloc countries. Instead, I found that even the youngest militants felt a strong identification with the Eastern countries. I really didn't expect this, because I never identified with the Eastern countries, not even for a minute in my life. Maybe for many of these militants this bond wasn't rational. Certainly, they didn't look at these countries as a model for Italy, but there was an emotional affinity. Palombella Rosa and La Cosa complement each other. Palombella Rosa was released in Italy in September 1989, and two months after that the Berlin Wall came down, and I started to CINEASTE 13 This content downloaded from 128.114.163.7 on Sat, 4 Jan 2014 14:54:47 PM All use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions
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film La Cosa which was finished in March 1990. The protagonist of Palombella
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