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VOLPI CUP TO BE POSTHUMOUSLY AWARDED TO INGRID BERGMAN AT GALA CEREMONY OF THE VENICE FILM FESTIVAL IN THE DOGE'S PALACE, VENICE, ON SEPT. 12

VOLPI CUP TO BE POSTHUMOUSLY AWARDED TO INGRID BERGMAN AT GALA CEREMONY OF THE VENICE FILM FESTIVAL IN THE DOGE'S PALACE, VENICE, ON SEPT. 12
 NEW YORK, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- On Sept. 12, 1992, in Venice's glorious Doge's Palace, Ingrid Bergman will be posthumously awarded the Volpi Cup as Best Actress for a film made 40 years ago. The Volpi Cup will be accepted by Miss Bergman's son, Roberto Rossellini.
 The Venice Film Festival awards ceremony, which will include the award to Miss Bergman, will be broadcast live in Italy by RAI Channel 2 between 10 and 11 p.m., Italian time (4 - 5 p.m. New York time). A tape will be seen in this country at a later date.
 The film was called "Europa 51" in Europe and "The Greatest Love" in America. It starred Miss Bergman, and she was denied the award at the time because, the judges announced, she was dubbed into Italian from Swedish. This is the only time in the history of any festival that the judges ever gave a public explanation of why an award was not given.
 The film, directed and with a screenplay by Roberto Rossellini, was produced by Carlo Ponti and Dino De Laurentiis. Briefly, it explores the awakening of a comfortable, middle class woman to the complexity and sometime tragedy of the human condition, and her subsequent attempts to help her fellow human beings. The film ends with her alone and abandoned.
 "This is one of the greatest performances of Ingrid Bergman's luminous career," said Count Giovanni Volpi, whose family founded the Venice Film Festival. Explaining why the Volpi Cup was to be presented now, he added: "We intend this as a gesture of recognition, belated perhaps, but no less sincere or heartfelt, and particularly apt as this is the 10th anniversary of her death and the 40th anniversary of the original release of the film."
 Gillo Pontecorvo, renowned director of "Battle of Algiers" (see note below) and director of the Venice Film Festival, agreed with Count Volpi's assessment. "This award is long overdue," he stated, "and all of us at the Festival are delighted to see Ingrid Bergman finally receive the award she so richly deserved."
 The Venice Film Festival, the world's oldest festival, is itself celebrating the 60th anniversary of its founding.
 NOTE: Pontecorvo directed "The Battle of Algiers" and received a total of three Academy nominations for it: in 1966, Best Foreign Film; in 1967, after the U.S. release, Best Direction and Best Screenplay. In 1960, he also got Best Foreign Film for "KAPO."
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