Pietro Di Nocera of vacanzedinatale.it
A very busy Pietro Di Nocera, one of the founders of the fan club for Vacanze di Natale (Carlo Vanzina, 1983) was kind enough to talk to me for an hour or so yesterday evening in Rome. He and his co-directors of the fan club and website have been very pro-active in their fandom: they have organized anniversary screenings of the film, pressurized for the release of the DVD (in the face of Filmauro inertia apparently) and even published a book on the film with Un Mondo a Parte.
Unlike the authors of the cinepanettoni.it website, and even as he composed in my presence a hymn to the skills (and casting) of the actors in Vacanze di Natale, Pietro was very aware of the different directors, and was quite dismissive especially of Neri Parenti’s films. For Pietro, the Vanzinas are king. And yet - he admitted he still went to see the cinepanettoni doc of the new century, even as he insisted he somehow no longer enjoyed them…
I’m not sure it’s for me to say, but I can’t help feeling there is a certain internalization of the critical dismissal of the Neri Parenti films (at least) on the part of fans and even on the part of the producers. To my repeatedly stated belief in the quality of Natale a Rio (Neri Parenti, 2008), Luigi De Laurentiis (in our interview on Monday) kept insisting it was soltanto entertainment. I guess there’s an ideology too of non-quality, on the part of the producers at least: an attitude of rigorously anti-aesthetic commitment to the market. But it surprises me that fans might feel the same…how do I put it…auto-flagellating disdain.