The Beati Paoli and the seventh art: the dossier of the film historian and critic Antonio La Torre Giordano is coming soon

“Beati Paoli Archives. Cinema and media”: this is the title of the new publication by Antonio La Torre Giordanofilm historian and film critic, as part of the promotion and enhancement of paper and audiovisual film materials conducted by “ASCinema- Sicilian Archive of Cinema”.

For the author, this is the third publication of the “Cinefocus” series, coordinated by himself, edited by Edizioni Lussografica.

Antonio La Torre Giordano, director of “ASCinema”, investigates the philosophy of the dark Palermo sect, between lost information and buried images.

A detailed dossier on the archives of the Beati Paoli in relation to cinema and the mass media that have disseminated their deeds over time: the volume, unpublished, is the result of over ten years of study and research, which start from a precise literary reference .

That is, the novels of Louis Natoli“I Beati Paoli” and “Coriolano della Floresta”.

Antonio La Torre Giordano sheds light on the essence of the Sicilian “bad congregation”, associated with ruthless criminal actions and, at the same time, compared to Robin Hood.

Advancing along unexplored media paths, the author follows a path that winds from the silent film “The Baroness of Carini” by Cines in 1910 to the two films of the forties by Pino Merchants “The Black Masked Knights (I Beati Paoli)” and “The Rebel Prince”, passing through the television transpositions of 1975 and 2007 and the radio drama produced by the RAI headquarters in Palermo in 1988, without forgetting the Italian cineromanzi exported in the sixties even in France and the appendix comics.

A new and precious piece of Antonio La Torre Giordano’s editorial production, after “Lights on the city. Palermo in cinema from its origins to 2000” and “Italian protogiallo cinema. From Turin to Sicily birth of a genre”.

Therefore, the commitment of “ASCinema” also continues on the editorial side, an archival institution recognized in 2020 as a cultural asset of national interest and a particularly important body of historical interest with the decree 88/2020 of the Ministry of Culture and registered, starting from 2021 , in the national register of non-profit organizations.

An activity of custody, safeguarding and dissemination of cinematographic culture that has taken shape thanks to ministerial funds and which includes, among its main purposes, the foundation of a Cinema Museum in Palermo, which would represent for Southern Italy and the Euro-Mediterranean area a further milestone in the process of rebuilding European identity and cultural valorisation started in recent years.


Antonio La Torre Giordano is a film historian and film critic.

He teaches history of cinema in schools of various types and levels, collaborates with specialized magazines and is the author of exhibitions and reviews.

He directs the editorial series “Cinefocus” for Edizioni Lussografica, and has published the books “Lights on the city. Palermo in cinema from its origins to 2000” (Lussografica, 2021), “Italian protogiallo cinema. From Turin to Sicily, the birth of a genre (1905-1963)” (Lussografica, 2022), and “Beati Paoli Archives. Cinema and media” (Lussografica, 2022). He also co-authored Steven Jay Schneider’s “501 Movie Directors” dictionary (Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2007).

In the cinema he contributed to the writing of the screenplays of “In Sicily” (2013), “A wonderful day” (1999), “Trittico di Antonello” (dialogue collaborator) (1992), and “Microfilm” (original story) (1992 ).
He contributed with research and archival materials to the making of “Ennio” (2021) by Giuseppe Tornatore, “Uno, niente, cento Nino” (2021) by Luca Manfredi, “Steno” (2022) by Raffaele Rago and several other documentaries . He is the director of “ASCinema – Archivio Siciliano del Cinema” and is registered in the registry of suppliers / researchers of RAI Documentari and RAI Cultura.

He directed the film exhibition “Salus populi. Epidemic and cure: from archival papers to cinema” (2020), promoted by the MIC (Ministry of Culture – Directorate General for Cinema and Audiovisual) and by the Archival Superintendency of Sicily – Palermo State Archive.

He conducted and directed the projects: “Digitization of archive materials” (2020) and “Archaeology of Cinema” (2022) for the MIC.

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The Beati Paoli and the seventh art: the dossier of the film historian and critic Antonio La Torre Giordano is coming soon