Series 22 - Italian Films


Date Range1950? - 1954?
Quantity31 items
ProvenanceLena Santospirito
Description

This series relates to Mrs Santospirito’s application for a licence to import Italian films. The showing of Italian language films was intended to be another fundraising activity for the Archbishop’s Committee as well as providing cultural events for the migrant and Australian communities. The original plan was to import 26 films a year. In August 1953 Mrs Santospirito was issued with a licence to import two films per year. It would seem that this venture did not continue for long.

As early as 1950, film distributors and theatres were approaching Mrs Santospirito to advise her of upcoming Italian films and asking her for help in promoting these films in the Italian community.

Other organisations also used Italian films for fundraising and cultural activities: these records include a circular advertising a film evening for unemployed Italians, organised by the Dante Alighieri Society in November 1952.


Inventory Listing

Letter from Nathan Scheinwald P/L to Santospirito, 22 May 1951

Italian films;"Four steps in the clouds"; Fr. Carlo; Australia Cinema; Publicity.

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 22 May 1951    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-01008 Box Number 22.1 Series 22
Letter from Albany Theatre to Santospirito, 26 February 1953

Colour film; R. Wright.

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 26 February 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-01009 Box Number 22.1 Series 22
Letter from Calwell to Santospirito, 19 March 1953

Importation of Italian Films; Collector of Customs; J. W. Broply.

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 19 March 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-01010 Box Number 22.1 Series 22
Letter from F. Mengaroni to Santospirito, 10 May 1953

Pietro Migliorelli; Italian Films.

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 10 May 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-01011 Box Number 22.1 Series 22
Letter from Moviegrams to Santospirito, 18 May 1953

Accounts: Hiring and Operating Equipment.

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 18 May 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-01012 Box Number 22.1 Series 22
Letter from Santospirito to J. W. Broply, 25 May 1953

Importation of Italian Films; Retailers of films; Fidia Mengaroni; "Il lavoro cinematografico"; Request for Italian Films.

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 25 May 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-01013 Box Number 22.1 Series 22
Letter from J W Brophy to Santospirito, 15 July 1953

Importation of Italian Films; Details of percentage of earnings for foreign supplier; Exchange Control approval.

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 15 July 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-01014 Box Number 22.1 Series 22
Questionaire re request for Films, no date.
Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 1946? - 1970?
Inventory Identifier SP-01015 Box Number 22.1 Series 22
Letter from Santospirito to Fidia Mengaroni, no date

Draft letter; "Fifa e Arena"; "I figli di nessuno".

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 1946? - 1970?    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-01016 Box Number 22.1 Series 22
Letter from J W Brophy to Santospirito, 6 July 1953

Decision delayed.

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 6 July 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-01017 Box Number 22.1 Series 22
Letter from Fernando M. Imbert Franco M. Fanuele to Archbishop's Committee, 8 July 1953

Cost of Films; Film types.

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 8 July 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-01018 Box Number 22.1 Series 22
Letter from J.W. Brophy to Santospirito, 6 August 1953

Copy Letter 15/7/1953; Royalties

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 6 August 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-01019 Box Number 22.1 Series 22
Letter from Santospirito to J.W. Brophy, 10 August 1953

Remittances and Royalties on Films; Exchange Control Approval.

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 10 August 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-01020 Box Number 22.1 Series 22
Letter from Santospirito to Fidia Mengaroni, 11 September 1953

Fr. Pio Photograph; Permit to import films; "Fifa e Frena"; "I Figli di Nessuno"; Censorship.

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 11 September 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-01021 Box Number 22.2 Series 22
Letter from Fidia Mengaroni to Santospirito, 23 September 1953

Fr. Pio Photograph; Fifa e Frena; I Figli di Nessuno; 16mm films; List of films available.

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 23 September 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-01022 Box Number 22.2 Series 22
Flyer; "Vesuvius Express"; Cinemascope, no date
Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 1946? - 1970?
Inventory Identifier SP-01023 Box Number 22.2 Series 22
Letter from J.W. Brophy to Santospirito, 8 September 1953

Importation of Italian Films; Comptroller General; Application for Licence

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 8 September 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-01024 Box Number 22.2 Series 22
Letter from Santospirito to J.W. Brophy, 10 October 1953

Licence Covers two films; Request for Licence for 26 films.

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 10 October 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-01025 Box Number 22.2 Series 22
Letter from J.W. Brophy to Santospirito, 3 December 1953

Licence Application Forms; Six month period.

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 3 December 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-01026 Box Number 22.2 Series 22
Letter from Antonio Chianetto [Chianetta]? to Stefano [illegible], no date

Re-employment; Films; Society of St. Paul; Rev/mo Bernard Gnata; Luciano Melchioro.

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 1946? - 1970?    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-01027 Box Number 22.2 Series 22
Letter from Australia Cinema to Santospirito, 18 August 1950

Italian films; "Paisa'"; "The Barber of Seville"; "Shoeshine"

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 18 August 1950    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-01028 Box Number 22.2 Series 22
Letter from Santospirito to Joseph Barnao, 11 January 1954

Difficulties; Peter Migliorelli; Fidia Mengaroni; Fernando M. Imbert; Mengaroni out of contact; Giuliana del Pelopardi; Capuchins; Fr. Carlo; Fr. Luciano; Fr. Nazario; Fr. Anastase; Padre Pio.

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 11 January 1954    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-01029 Box Number 22.2 Series 22
Letter from Fidia Mengaroni to Santospirito, 8 January 1954

16mm films: Difficulties "Fifa e Arena" and "Sperduti nel Buoio"; available films; Free hand requested.

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 8 January 1954    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-01030 Box Number 22.2 Series 22
Letter from P. Migliorelli to Fidia Mengaroni, 21 January 1954

To be translated

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 21 January 1954    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-01031 Box Number 22.2 Series 22
Letter from Fidia Mengaroni to Santospirito, no date

Italian films; "Lucrezia Borgia"; Price of films; 35 mm films.

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 1946? - 1970?    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-01032 Box Number 22.2 Series 22
Letter from Joseph Barnao to Santospirito, 20 April 1954

Mengaroni disappeared; 16mm films; Stromboli; Capuchins; Montesi case.

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 20 April 1954    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-01033 Box Number 22.2 Series 22
Letter from Santospirito?, no date

Requests for Italian films; Fidia Mengaroni; List of chosen films [first page missing]

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 1946? - 1970?    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-01034 Box Number 22.2 Series 22
List of Italian Films, no date
Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 1946? - 1970?
Inventory Identifier SP-01035 Box Number 22.2 Series 22
Draft details: Film types, no date
Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 1946? - 1970?
Inventory Identifier SP-01036 Box Number 22.2 Series 22
Fidia Mengaroni: Name, Address, Position, no date
Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 1946? - 1970?
Inventory Identifier SP-01037 Box Number 22.2 Series 22
Letter from Santospirito to National Bank, 20 November 1953

Credit Note; Difficulties procuring films; Amendment of credit note

Creator Lena Santospirito
Date range 20 November 1953    Quantity 1 letter
Formats General Correspondence
Inventory Identifier SP-01038 Box Number 22.2 Series 22

Published by the Italian Historical Society, CoAsIt, December 2001
Listed by Cate Elkner and Tony Santospirito
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