The Cinema Machine (1981)

Genres - Culture & Society, Film, TV & Radio  |   Sub-Genres - Biography  |   Run Time - 120 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |  
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As a sardonic jab at the worst aspects of the film industry, Macchina Cinema uses interviews and scenes of auditions for porno movies, as well as a segment on amateur filmmakers, to put across the point that there may be casualties in some of the less-admirable pursuits and behavior of people in the industry. One example is the actress Daniela Rocca who worked in Divorce - Italian Style and later succumbed to mental illness -- she is one of the interview subjects. Since the documentary was put together from a much-longer five-part television series, it may have lost some important points that the broader, original coverage would have made clear.