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02 July1950
Examination day
Fratelli Chierici
Music by Guglielmo Pagnozzi

On 2 July 1950, as we read in the 'Calcio Illustrato' in the final scene of this amateur film, the Italian national football team passed the Paraguay exam, with a score of 2-0. However, it will soon fail at the World Cup in Brazil, where the most bitter defeat will fall to the hosts, humiliated at home by little Uruguay. 'Examination Day' is a small amateur fiction film made as part of the Cine Club of Genoa. It was directed by Pierluigi Muti. The film is part of the Chierici brothers' archive and is an example demonstrating the vitality of local production in a small format. Summer is exam time for students of all levels, from primary school to university. It is a time of fear, of anxiety, of a tension that underlies every frame of this skilfully shot and edited film. The exam is a nightmare that one experiences while awake or asleep and it is not always easy to distinguish between dream and reality. Who has not experienced the temptation to copy, to find subterfuges to suggest, to slingshot notes? Who has not experienced the feeling of your brain being split in two by a question you cannot answer? Who has not been faced with a ferocious animal that leaves you no way out, the professor questioning you? Those who made this film, setting it in the classrooms and university of Genoa, know these fears well and know that football, despite flunking out on the field, is still a salvation and an escape from everyday life.