Luigi Di Gianni, graduated from the Experimental Center of Cinematography in Rome in 1954, won the first prize in 1958 at the Venice Film Festival with the documentary Magia Lucana, with the scientific advice of Ernesto de Martino.

He is a prolific director of films and documentaries and University Professor. Many of his festivals have been held at the Italian Institutes of Culture in Vienna, Monaco, Cologne, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki. In 2002, a retrospective program of five of his documentaries was presented at the Berlinale.

His memories related to food are a koine of the remote lands of the South, and the area of ??Terra di Lavoro; two regions, Campania and Basilicata, look tied by a trail of smells and tastes as simple as bread and flour, cherry tomatoes and Calabrian chili.

The director reconstructs a culinary identity through anecdotes, memories and flavors; from the Fifties, in a land of a forgotten South, until present.The simplicity of homemade and popular flavors as a metaphor of the existence. “Bread – Di Gianni says – is a spiritual and material element.” 

Document by: Centro di Studi Sociali sulla Dieta Mediterranea, diretto da Marino Niola, Annalisa Rascato
Video by: Mariaelena Assante, Roberta Campassi
Created: 18-07-2012
Luigi Di Gianni

Luigi Di Gianni

Year: 1926
City: Napoli
Profession: Director
Languages: Italiano

Video table of contents

- The cult of bread
- Eggplant vain? No thanks ... just parmigiana
- Never meat, pasta and beans ever!
- The chili in the movies and in life
- Misery and Magic
- Anthropologists and ...
- The coffee does not make you nervous
- Bread as beginning and end

Geographic information

Country: IT
Region: Campania
City: Napoli
District: NA
Altitude: 17m s.l.m.

Collegamenti ed allegati
Riferimenti e fonti

Sitografia:
Sito ufficiale di Luigi Di Gianni:

 http://users.libero.it/di.gianni.luigi/index.html

Filmografia: 

Filmografia:
MAGIA LUCANA - 1958

35 mm. - B.N. - Medio metraggio
I° Premio del Documentario al Festival di Venezia 1958. Il film, realizzato con la consulenza scientifica di Ernesto De Martino, tratta della sopravvivenza di antiche forme magiche in Basilicata.