The Telephone Book
The story of a girl
who falls in love
with the world s greatest obscene phone call.
38 years after its opening night Hello Film and Lungomare present the lost masterpiece “The Telephone Book”. It is an extraordinary record of the New York underground cinema production, a biting satire on sexual morality which inspired Bernardo Bertolucci to his Last Tango in Paris (1972). In “The Telephone Book” Andy Warhol himself played the part of the “Intermission”, the scene featuring him ended up on the cutting room floor and the only remaining evidence of it is some photographs. The Warholian superstars Ultra Violet, Geri Miller and Ondine on the other hand remained in the film and take the same credit as Jill Clayburgh who was nominated for an Oscar in what was her first acting role. The markedly obscene and indecent ending was made by legendary film animator Len Glasser.
The exhibition was realized in collaboration with the producer of “The Telephone Book” Merv Bloch. In the sixties and seventies Merv Bloch was considered one of the most important and creative independent producers of cinema advertising. He worked with directors such as Stanley Kubrick, Roman Polanski, Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen making the posters and the trailers for their films.
Director: Nelson Lyon
Actors: Sarah Kennedy, Jill Clayburgh, Barry Morse, Norman Rose, William Hickey, Ondine, Ultra Violet, Geri Miller
Producer: Mervin Bloch
Length: 85 minutes approx.
Autonomous Province of Bozen/Bolzano-South Tyrol, Culture Departments
Lungomare, a cultural association founded in Bolzano in 2003, was created from the desire and necessity to open a space in which to share differences, experiences, opinions and desires, a space in which to make the link between cultural production and the political and social dimension. Lungomare undertakes projects that investigate and test possible relationships between design, architecture, urban planning, art and theory, the results of which are presented in different formats: public discussions, conferences, publications, exhibitions and interventions in public spaces. All these formats are characterised by the intention to interact with cultural and socio-political processes relating to the region in which Lungomare is located.
Currently Lungomare’s activities focus on long-term residency projects, a format whereby Lungomare invites guests to engage and interact within the context of South Tyrol. Lungomare’s activities are based on three principles: specific attention to the context in which the association’s projects are undertaken, the transdisciplinary approach that distinguishes these projects, and reflection on the role of Lungomare as a cultural institution in connection with the region in which it operates.
2003 Angelika Burtscher and Daniele Lupo found Lungomare
2003 – 2005 curators: Patrizia Bertolini, Angelika Burtscher, Roberto Gigliotti, Manuela Demattio, Paul Peter Hofer, Brita Köhler, Daniele Lupo
2005 – 2013 curators: Angelika Burtscher e Daniele Lupo
2011 – 2013 a new scientific committee is established: Angelika Burtscher, Roberto Gigliotti, Daniele Lupo, Vincenzo Mancuso, Lisa Mazza, Paolo Plotegher, Heimo Prünster
from 2014 curators: Angelika Burtscher, Roberto Gigliotti, Daniele Lupo, Lisa Mazza, Paolo Plotegher
2014 start of the Lungomare residency programme
Lungomare is located at the edge of Bolzano, the capital of South Tyrol, and relates to the context in which it operates, attempting to highlight the dynamics of change. Large urbanized areas alternate with broad areas of intensive cultivation and yet others of picturesque landscape, all of which penetrate the centre of the city. The city is surrounded by mountains and this is one of the reasons why the tourism industry has become a driving force in this locality. The demographic structure of the city has been characterized for a long time by the coexistence of two populations, those speaking German and those speaking Italian. However, the social and demographic composition of Alto Adige Südtirol is changing. Migrants, including those from non-European countries are making their way to the area to settle, whilst others, including political refugees, are flowing through the region.