Did you happen to record Monty Pythons Flying Circus
when it was shown on PBS back in the 1970s?
Do you still have the tapes?
Is there a
If so, please write to me. Thank you!
IN MARCH 2002 I CONTACTED ALL THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS I COULD LOCATE IN ORDER TO OBTAIN PERMISSIONS. IF YOU OWN THE RIGHTS TO ANY IMAGES OR QUOTES ON THIS WEB SITE PLEASE CONTACT ME. THANK YOU.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
AVANT-GARDE, UNDERGROUND, AND GUERRILLA FILMMAKING
BIG BUDGETS AND BIG HEADACHES
AFTERMATH:THE LAST GUERRILLA FILMAND THEN RICHES
EROTICA — THE FIRST PHASE
EROTICA — THE SECOND PHASE
I am forever indebted to my Milanese friend Massimo Polidoro, who will probably never understand why I like Tinto Brasss films, but who has nonetheless been gracious enough to send me some Italian VHS releases that are unavailable on this side of the Atlantic. I am also indebted to Walter and Carmen of Buffalord in Bettole di Buffalora, Brescia, who have been kind enough to go far out of their way to keep me apprised of Tinto Brass news, to find still more and more and to tell me about VideoPark in Genova, which I would probably never have learned about otherwise. Thanks also to Joyce Elliott of Conyers, Georgia, for allowing me to see La mia signora, Jönas of Sweet Cozy Video in Sweden for allowing me to see NEROSUBIANCO, and to others in England, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, and Australia, who sold invaluable items on eBay and who otherwise rounded up videos and articles for me. Thanks to their collective efforts, my Tinto Brass collection has grown from four VHS tapes of terrible quality to dozens of tapes and DVDs, many of excellent quality, over just the past year and a half. Ultimately, Im grateful to the blossoming Internet, without which most of the information and products Ive gathered would literally have been unobtainable. And thanks to Kevin Christopher for taking three hours out of his schedule to teach me the basics of html and PhotoShop.
— 2 March 2002
SOURCES: This web page is based upon an enormous number of newspaper and magazine clips, along with several books, most notably Stefano Ioris Tinto Brass and Antonio Tentoris Tinto Brass: Il senso dei sensi, both of which are available through Tinto Brasss official web site. Another invaluable source is a paperback from 2005 called Obiettivo Brass, consisting largely of a lengthy interview conducted by Mario Gagliardotto.
Giovanni Brass was born in Milano on Sunday, 26 March 1933, but was raised in Venice. His grandfather, painter Italico Brass, gave the youngster the nickname of Tintoretto, which was itself the nickname of painter Jacopo Robusti (15181594). (Incidentally, Gore Vidal, in a TV special called Artful Journeys: Vidal in Venice, referred to Tintoretto as the Cecil B. De Mille of Venetian painters.) Tintoretto was soon shortened to Tinto. Tintos father Alessandro was a noted and well-to-do attorney, and Brass originally planned to pursue that same career. He completed his university law degree but then moved to Paris in 1957 and got a job as a projectionist at the Cinémathèque Française, where he also apprenticed to film archivist/curator Henri Langlois through 1960.
Italico Brass (b. 14 December 1870 in Gorizia, d. 16 August 1943 in Venice) married Lina Rebecca “Nina” Vigdoff, originally of Odessa.
Children: Italico and Alessandro.
Alessandro (b. 20 January 1898, Venice; d. 1968) served as Vicepodestà of Venice.
He married Carla (last name unknown, birth and death dates unknown, died at age 97).
Children of Alessandro and Carla: Italico, Giovanni “Tinto,” Maurizio, Andrea.
Tinto (b. 26 March 1933) married Carla “Tinta” Cipriani (b. 30 March 1930, Verona, d. 9 August 2006, Merano), of the famous Cipriani family of restaurateurs, owners of Harry’s Bar in Venice (made famous by Ernest Hemingway) and the Locanda Cipriani on the island of Torcello.
Tinto and Tinta’s children: Beatrice (b. 1960) and Bonifacio (b. 1963).
Any further information is most welcome!