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18 June1930
Military Verona
Aleardo Felisi
Music & mix audio by Théophile Gagnard | Biennio di Musica da Film del Conservatorio di Musica di Bologna

We are in Verona. The armed forces parade in Piazza Bra for the Statute Day, which celebrates the constitution promulgated by King Charles Albert of Savoy in 1848. The Statute Day is a celebration dedicated to the Statuto Albertino, the current constitution. Initially set in February, it was moved to June with the birth of the Kingdom of Italy. It survived even in the fascist era, although the Statute itself became less and less important. Although formally respected, in fact, the regime completely distorts it. If the significance of the Statute is emptied, on the contrary, the opportunity for military parades will not diminish with time, quite the contrary. More than ten years have now passed since the end of the Great War, it is June 1930 and in another ten years Italy will enter the war again. Here then pass in front of Aleardo Felisi's camera some cavalry and infantry units, the alpini with their mules and some artillery pieces: a cannon fires blanks in an atmosphere of celebration. The crowd in the streets is large, some taking advantage of the view from the balcony of their homes. The new motorised troops and armoured vehicles are seen parading right next to the Arena, the best at the end of the parade. For Felisi, the Statute's military parade is a public ritual to be filmed, repeated year after year, at least between 1928 and 1931. And between one edition and the next, the number of armoured vehicles grew.