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Schroon Lake’s movie history reaches Italy

Rossi family movies part of festival

Emily Rossi-Snook stands next to a poster announcing the Archivio Nazionale del Film di Famiglia film festival.

Emily Rossi-Snook stands next to a poster announcing the Archivio Nazionale del Film di Famiglia film festival.

— Schroon Lake shared the stage with Hollywood during a recent film festival in Italy.

Emily Rossi-Snook of Schroon Lake attended the Archivio Nazionale del Film di Famiglia in Bologna recently to show family movies taken during the production of “Marjorie Morningstar.” The 1957 movie starring Natalie Wood was filmed in Schroon Lake.

Members of the Rossi family — brothers John, Steve and Charlie — owned and operated movie theaters in the Schroon Lake, Port Henry and Crown Point from 1934-1982. A movie fan, Charlie Rossi made home movies during the filming of “Marjorie Morning Star” in Schroon Lake and of “On the Waterfront” in Hoboken, N.J., in 1953.

The family’s love of film has spanned generations. When Emily Rossi-Snook’s daughter, Elena, learned of the home movies she urged her mother to act.

“My daughter, Elena Rossi-Snook, is presently a film archivist at The New York Public Library at Lincoln Center in New York City,” Emily said. “While interning at film labs in Hollywood, she encouraged me to deposit Uncle Charlie’s home movies of the filming of ‘Marjorie Morningstar’ in Schroon Lake in 1957 and ‘On the Waterfront’ in Hoboken in 1953 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood where they preserved the original 16mm film footage.”

“Lynne Kirste, curator at the Academy Film Archive, contacted me early this fall to inform me that she would like to use my footage in a home movie film festival in Bologna, Italy, in a program titled ‘Hollywood Home Movies’,” Emily continued. “She asked if I was interested in participating in the festival by introducing my films.”

The festival, “Archivio Aperto,” was a program at the Archivio Nazionale del Film di Famiglia and was held in a Renaissance-era church in Bologna. The event had about 200 attendees.

The festival was organized to celebrate UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, an annual event that helps promote audiovisual archives and their preservation.

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