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12 August1939
Fratelli Chierici
Music by Lorenza Ceregini & Mix audio Théophile Gagnard | Biennio di Sound Design del Conservatorio di Musica di Bologna

"Regarding the trip, it seems to me Hamlet's doubt: To go or not to go! That is the question! Whether to stay and walk in the green plain, or to climb the lofty peaks of Mongioie!", so wrote Enrico Chierici to his fiancée Clara Pezzuto, a few days before leaving for the trip to Mongioie, a mountain in the Ligurian Alps, on 12 August. The two do not have many opportunities to see each other in this summer of 1939. Enrico had just returned to work at the office in Genoa after a period of military service in the Ligurian Alps and Clara, having finished her schoolwork as an elementary school teacher, was at the seaside near Imperia, staying with friends. The Hamletic doubt as to how to spend August bank holiday finally has been resolved: they will go to the mountains and it will finally be Enrico's long-awaited opportunity to be together with his beloved Clara, far from the barracks and work ("I impatiently count the days that still remain, I can't wait to be near you, it seems like a century since I left you"). The only accomplices, 'authorised' by both parties, are brother Piero and older sister Maria Rosa, on Clara's side, and brother Paolo, on the Chierici's side. The cameras, Leica and Rolleiflex, and Enrico's 16mm film camera are part of the excursionists' indispensable baggage. "The beautiful dream of these days is over! I woke up in front of my desk with your dear memory. It is not reality that I have experienced these three days. It seems impossible to me after so long, to have been on a trip with you, so close to those mountains that are so dear to me!" These dreamlike images will remain of the beautiful dream of the trip.