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30 June1959
The subway
Giuseppe Masotti
Music by Lea Keyaert - Mix audio by Théophile Gagnard | Biennio di Musica da Film del Conservatorio di Musica di Bologna

At the end of June. The underground passage of Via Rizzoli in Bologna has only been open a few months, and of course everyone has already noticed the architectural view it offers as you climb the stairs towards the exit, towards the sky. The designers really thought this out. So it was worth waiting the three years it took to build the subway that solves the problem of pedestrians crossing, facilitating the growing vehicular traffic. It seems inconceivable to slow it down or even stop it. The message being sent - even unconsciously - is clear and in tune with the times. Dear pedestrians, do not get in the way of the cars, you can now disappear underground for a few seconds and then re-emerge into the sunlight. If you prefer, you can stay longer down below, taking advantage of the hairdresser's and barber's, popping into the pharmacy or shopping in a shop. Everything is new down there and artificially lit. In time, rather quickly, the 'new' will fade away and many will take advantage of the subway to turn it into a public toilet. In the meantime, let us enjoy the view at the exit, the perfect shot to the delight of photographers and amateur filmmakers like Masotti.