«The future lies with me...»

Original title:      «In me non c'è che futuro...»

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Texts by: Patrizia Bonifazio, Davide Cadeddu, Beniamino de' Liguori Carino, Michele Fasano,       Marco Maffioletti, Michele Menna, Marco Peroni, Alberto Saibene, Renato Rozzi, Francesco Novara.


The authors of the book were asked what makes Adriano Olivetti so appealing today: what are the needs that inspired their research and have been driving it for so many years; what are their specific existential, political, and perhaps even poetic, reasons? The collection of texts expresses their personal purposes in a deliberately personal style – a style that is more suited to tackling subjects which the methodological barriers of different disciplines normally prevent from being addressed as one, and is more effective in offering a vision of an otherwise elusive complexity, captured on the crest of the unsteady wave rising up between personal intimacy and contemporary history. The authors do not necessarily write about the film attached to the book but, precisely because of their literary thrust, they offer the reader (and the viewer of the film) a broad spectrum of stimuli arousing a duly rekindled curiosity about the myth of Adriano Olivetti. The book thus becomes the best introduction to a film essentially aiming to piece together a shattered mirror in which to look at oneself again, as a threshold leading into one’s own world with renewed synchrony and thus better able to imagine possible and human-friendly futures. In the final part of the book, the anthology of young voices is followed by an essay by Francesco Novara and a testimony by Renato Rozzi. Novara charts a concise and «dramatic» history of employment enabling the Olivetti vision to be placed within a very broad historical perspective. Rozzi, by way of introducing Novara’s contribution, describes the nature of the deeply human relationship developed between Francesco Novara and Adriano Olivetti. He shows its ideal continuity, in thought and practice, in a tacit mandate built jointly by them, which evolved spontaneously and proved to be long-lasting as well as deep-reaching.

In this introductory volume to the film, the tribute to Francesco Novara adds the voices of the "maestros" to those of young people in the aim of combining the aspirations of latter with the example of former. A link with Adriano Olivetti reaching all the way down to us through them. 

General features:
Format: 14x20, stitched paperback binding
Number of pages: 175
Preface: Laura Olivetti
Disk one:                                                                                                                                                             

Image«The future lies with me...», 144 min., digital, colour and b/w, stereo, 2011, by Michele Fasano

The first part of the film, entitled Alle origini di un modello (72 min.), focusses on Adriano Olivetti’s many and multifaceted sources of inspiration and shows how his father Camillo, who was the mainspring of his pluralistic concerns, gave him direct access not only to a particular professional discipline and method, but also to the attitude typical of the most advanced circles of the political and social research of early 20th-century reformist socialism which set Adriano on his path (from Turati and Prampolini, his father’s acquaintances, to Salvemini, Rosselli and Gobetti, Adriano’s friends). Side by side with the description of the origins of the “Olivetti idea”, the complexity of the “Olivetti model” gradually emerges, in all its concreteness and completeness, and its connection with distant, less immediately obvious, causes is captured. The first part of the film, we might say, talks about the seed and the seedling.

The second part of the film, entitled Il modello comunitario concreto (72 min.), completes the picture by interweaving various strands in a similar way to the first part. In this case, however, the description of Adriano Olivetti’s broader political thinking and federalist constitutional programme, inspired at the time by Maritain’s and Mouneir’s Personalism, alternates with an account of the mature phase of the Communitarian model applied in the factory in Ivrea. Through this approach, the film offers suggestions that allow the viewer to grasp the vision of the Democratic State which Adriano Olivetti had in mind. We are able to understand how distant political and social dynamics were brought to concrete and exemplary realization in the factory, dynamics that were intended to be applicable on a wider scale – ultimately to the Italian state, which could not otherwise be defined as truly democratic. The second part of the film, we might say, talks about the various ways in which the original seed came to blossom and about its fruits, sadly not harvested except by the little-big Olivetti enclave.

Disk two: interviews with Alfredo Galasso, Enrico Loccioni, Francesco Novara, Guido Sarchielli, Giuseppe Varchetta, Stefano Zamagni
The publications cannot be sold separately
ISBN: 978-88-902519-1-7
Online offer: includes delivery
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