Florestano Vancini and Aldo Baruffi, 1950

This documentary film is devoted to the famous Benedectine abbey – here beautifully enhanced by the photography of Antonio Sturla, the texts of Vittorio Passerini and the voice over of Arnoldo Foà – and describes a decadent Pomposa, which lost its ancient splendour, set in a wider Italian afterwar context where culture and knowledge have become a luxury only few people can afford.
The work was restored in 2000 by Cesare Bornazzini, original director of Codigoro that four years before had produced and directed another cinematographic homage to the abbey, Pomposia Monasterium in Italia primum, where, unlike the documentary film by Vancini and Baruffi, the church returns to life after heavy restoration and refurbishment works.