21 January 1962

Happy event at Villa Tatina

Pippo Barzizza
Music by Guglielmo Pagnozzi

21st January is the day of the arrival of the litter of two 'newlyweds', the white dog Pallina and the black dog, named Blacky. The happy event takes place at the home of Pippo and Tatina Barzizza. The 8mm film will follow the moments of the dogs' growth up to weaning, their relationship with the house felines, Gatto and Priscilla, their feedings, meals and cuddles. Soon the puppies will be adopted. These very tender images, a true ode to the pet, show how necessary "method and patience were, making home movies was then a serious commitment, even technically", recalls today Renzo, Pippo and Tatina's son. At the Barzizza's, the river of home life seems to flow placidly, almost suspended in time, without the frenzy of modern life. That same 21 January 1962 saw the birth of Marie, the daughter of one of the actors of the moment, Jean-Louis Trintignant, who in that very year was to hit the big time with a film that marked an era, Dino Risi's Italian on-the-road film Il sorpasso, a metaphor for Italy running. And speaking of roads travelled by cars, also on 21st of January 1962, in the presence of Prime Minister Amintore Fanfani, work began on the Salerno-Reggio Calabria motorway.