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Angelo Guglielmi, the historic director of Rai3, was 93 years old

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Angelo Guglielmi, the historic director of Rai3, was 93 years old
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from Maria Volpe

You launch programs that have made the history of public TV such as Samarkand and Who has seen it ?. He considered Chiambretti to be brilliant, Santoro’s great conductor, talented Fazio

died in the night at the age of 93 Angelo Guglielmi. He died in his sleep. There will be many TV characters who will remember him and miss him. Because he had given a second life not only to an entire Rai network, but to many conductors who owe him success and career. Angelo Guglielmi was director of Rai3 from 1987 to 1994. He took the network from Giuseppe Rossini, a channel with low audience ratings (the average share of the network passes in a few years from less than 1% to over 10%), who did not have a editorial line, and transforms it into a dynamic and innovative network that will remain a unicuum in the history of Italian television. Thanks to him – who knew how to combine pop and cultured TV and who was the first to introduce the concept of TV-truth in Italy – programs such as Yellow telephone, Samarkand, Hot line, A day in the district court, The girls’ TV, Blob, Who saw it ?, Lubrano sent me (later became Mi manda Raitre), I confess, Magazine 3, Leftovers, Last minute, Those than football (passed in 1998 on Rai 2), Tunnels and cursed stories. Characters such as Corrado Augias, Michele Santoro, Donatella Raffai, Roberta Petrelluzzi, Serena Dandini, Fabio Fazio, Piero Chiambretti, Giuliano Ferrara, Daniele Luttazzi and Franca Leosini are launched. In addition to being an executive, he was a literary critic, essayist and journalist.

Born in Arona on 2 April 1929, he graduated in 1951 in literature from the University of Bologna and in 1954 passed the competition to enter Rai: from 1976 to 1987 he was the head of the Rai 1 structure. Among the programs conceived by him we remember Bont them, a historical program conducted by Maurizio Costanzo. Before becoming director of Rai 3, he was the head of the Rai Production Center in via Teulada in Rome. Writes for Paese Sera and for the Corriere della Sera
as well as in numerous magazines and founds the neo-avant-garde literary collective Gruppo 63 with Umberto Eco and Edoardo Sanguineti. Numerous publications, some of which co-authored with Stefano Balassone, his deputy at the helm of Rai 3.

When he turned 90 in 2019, many people interviewed him, and he told of his love for TV, a story that began in 1955. My mother listening to the radio The masked motif conducted by Mike Bongiorno, he learns that Rai has launched a competition for authors and programmers in view of the inauguration (scheduled for that May) of Italian television, Guglielmi says in his latest book of “Sparse tales”. From there begins an extraordinary career (in which the beginnings have always been hard for me, because I lack immediate sympathy) that has placed him right in the history of public television by linking his name to “experimentalism”

Raccont: When I started directing Rai3, I had no models to inspire me: I had to venture into risks, then discovering skills that I had but of which I did not foresee the points of excellence touched, and recognized by others. In 1987 it was Walter Veltroni who wanted me, whom I recognize as a great politician, a man who loved those he considered worthy and intelligent, an authentic expert and attentive connoisseur of television and cinema. In an interview with Avvenire he wanted to remember, always on the occasion of his 90th birthday The postman of Piero Chiambretti, rebel genius, a sort of Ariel from Shakespeare’s Tempest, a little elf whose arts of lightness and magic are forced to put them at the service of those they serve, not always, indeed rarely, sharing the exploits that he is responsible for carrying out …Chiambretti’s, thanks to the strength of the television language, was the first truly extraordinary way to discover the “behind” of the Palazzo.

Guglielmi also recalled in that interview Samarkand, the first real political talk show. Santoro immediately introduced himself as a great concertmaster (even the BBC studied him) – he said – and those were episodes that recalled more the epic staging, which is easier to find in books than on television stages. It is no coincidence that the only still bearable political talk show is Piazzapulita by his pupil Corrado Formigli. Q
next to the backbone of Rai3, Who has seen? he was sure that


will last for many more years still. Even those that football was invented by Guglielmi. I tell: The basic structure of Quelli che il calcio … was proposed to me by the sports journalist Marino Bartoletti, then with Fabio Fazio, overcoming certain of our improper uncertainties, it became the extraordinary program che stato, in which for the first time Fazio showed his great talent , then confirmed to date in many other broadcasts.

He had a clear idea about every television face: Sandro Curzi, the great director of my Tg 3; Arrow ; Maria De Filippi ; Corrado Augias and Alessandro Baricco He also trusted that the best way to do television < dimenticare quella passata>. And that when he left Rai3 he was .

He recently revealed that he had stopped watching television because it was old, boring, very different from what it should be. Finally a confidence: The girls’ TV: in the theater there was the world of entertainment, culture, finance for a program that ended at the peak of its popularity and its recognition. Now I look at Corrado Formigli with more pleasure than anyonehe grew up with Santoro and reminds me of that golden age “.

July 11, 2022 (change July 11, 2022 | 11:29)

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