Italian filmmakers recount Eni
Bernardo Bertolucci, Gillo Pontecorvo and Folco Quilici are just some of the great directors who have told the story of Eni and the energy world in unquestionably original ways. In addition to the film material, the company’s Historical Archive also preserves a significant amount of audiovisual material. These range from commercials for the launch of Supercortemaggiore petrol, known for the slogan “The six-legged dog, the faithful friend of man on four wheels” by Ettore Scola, sound recordings of the speeches of Enrico Mattei, newsreels from the 1950s to recordings of the most recent Shareholders’ Meetings. As well as full-length films such as “The oil men”, which won first prize for best documentary film at the VI National Exhibition of Industrial Film in Genoa in 1965, “Trasmed: un gasdotto in mare profondo”, which won the silver medal in 1983 at the Mercurio Sansovino International Film Festival in Venice, “Agip Dimensione Mare”, which won first prize in 1985 at the 25th International Festival of Documentary Film and Television in Milan.
Eni authors, from Moravia to Sciascia
The wealth of the collection is also related to the names of the directors and authors who created and oversaw the work, offering an opportunity to study and understand the development and changes in the communication strategy of Eni and its companies, from the early fifties to the present day. It was Enrico Mattei who, around the mid-nineteen-fifties, chose cinema as the ideal tool to tell the story about Eni’s activities and even set up an in-house Film Department. “Italy is not a poor country” by Dutchman Joris Yvens, which includes a commentary by the writer Alberto Moravia, “Portrait of a big company” by Giacomo Vaccari, enhanced by texts by Gian Gaspare Napoletano, while “Gela ancient and modern”, which included among its authors Leonardo Sciascia.
Commercials with Vittorio Gassman and Raffaella Carrà
The close link with the Italian cultural industry did not stop with the end of Mattei’s chairmanship. The Archive preserves filmed records, made by Agip technicians in the late fifties in different regions of Africa and the Middle East, documenting the lifestyle of local people, their habits and the characteristics of the territory, as well as a collection of newsreels. And also plant inaugurations plant, visits by Italian and foreign dignitaries, conferences and trade fairs. Right up to the commercials made for television starring well-known actors from film, theatre and television, including Dario Fo and Franca Rame, Vittorio Gassman, Franca Valeri, Gabriele Ferzetti, Alberto Bonucci and Raffaella Carrà.
Enrico Mattei’s speeches
The Eni collection includes all film and video documentation on different media. The material, carefully divided by content and type, offers an overview of the development of Eni. The documentaries recount the business dynamics that led Eni to invest in natural gas and the construction of the gas pipeline network. Thanks to these films you find out about the work of the technicians and the presence of Eni in complex geographical areas, but also about the figure of Enrico Mattei and the Eni executives who contributed to the company’s expansion.