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03 February1930
Ninì at home
Mario Cessi
Glorious (trad.) - Rullo per pianoforte meccanico da "Linda's Player Piano" 1957.

Since the first films of the Lumière brothers, the child's meal has been a privileged subject of the family film, indeed it can be said to be its progenitor. Here we see Ugo, a.k.a. Ninì, the eldest son of filmmaker-lawyer Mario Cessi, at the centre of a more complex representation where he is evidently the prince of the house. Ninì plays in bed, his mother Maria helps him undress as if he were the Sun King, then his grandfather Ulysses with a 19th-century moustache and Mario himself enter the scene and assist him during the meal: the most important moment. At the centre of the filming is always him, little star Ninì, at the age of 3. It is 3 February 1930, we are in Civitanova Marche. On the same day, on the other side of the ocean, in Santa Monica, California, another precocious star turned three, a certain Kenneth Wilbur Anglemyer, destined to make his debut as a child actor in Hollywood and above all to direct his first film at the age of 10. While still a teenager, he would become one of the most important exponents of the American film avant-garde and later become the author of the controversial book Hollywood Babylon, the counter-history of the star system. We imagine that there are varying degrees of separation between the three-year-old Ninì and Kenneth Anger, but thanks to the magic of amateur film cameras, it is possible to tie up the distant threads and see things in common.