Biography of 'COCOZZA, Enrico'

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Amateur film-maker and academic

Born: 1921, November
Died: 1997, December, Wishaw

Cocozza, the son of immigrant Italians who ran a cafe in Wishaw, was one of Scotland's most unusual and remarkable film makers. Although an academic by profession he also pursued an 'underground' career making movies. Using amateur casts and crews, and filming in and around his home town in Lanarkshire, he produced films like no other Scot of his generation.

His movies ranged from the strange and surreal Nine O'Clock to the pessimistic social realism of Chick's Day which won the UK Amateur Cine World ‘Ten Best competition in 1951. He established the Connoisseur Film Circle with a small auditorium at the rear of the family café in Wishaw for screening of continental and art films to fellow enthusiasts.

Over some 50 years he produced films both in Scotland during his visits to Italy, observational and reportage of Main Street Wishaw, and a suite of surreal, avant-garde work that often baffled audiences at the Scottish Amateur Film Festival accustomed to more conventional films. One of the more enduring titles is Glasgow's Docklands made for Educational Films of Scotland.

His was a controversial career blighted later in life by illness that affected his sight.

Researcher: National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive

Films associated with 'COCOZZA, Enrico'

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AD INFERNUM BUDDY? [1159]

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Making of spoof Roman historical film drama, shot in Cocozza's film studio with scenes shot inside the Connoisseur Cinema in Wishaw.

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1952

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ALASSIO 1954 [1168]

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A brief scenic tour of Alassio, capturing the essence of this Italian town.

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1954

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BEFORE TIME CAME [1181]

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A love story inspired by a poem of Wilfred Rowland Childe.

1958

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BFI SUMMER SCHOOL BANGOR 1949 [1165]

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The arrival, and outings of members of the BFI course being held at Neuadd Reichel, at the time the male student halls of Bangor University. Participants include a number of faces familiar from the film Cocozza made that year at the Summer School, "Ferry

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1949

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BONGO EROTICO [4316]

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A devilish, surreal nightmare of bisexual lust.

1959

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BOTTLE, the [1123]

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Fictional story about an English boy, Cecil, on holiday in Scotland and his holiday friends playing in Wishaw streets and in a park.

1958

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BRYAN WELCOMES RAFFLES / LA MORT ET LE POETE [5095]

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Bryan Welcomes Raffles is about an Airman of World War 2 being greeted by his family on his return home on leave. The second film features Enrico Cocozza as a young poet thrown into a river and drowned by a mysterious figure in a robe.

1943

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CAMEO [1117]

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Fictional story of a golfer who finds a magical ring; he dreams that he falls in love with a lady trapped in a ruined house. [Highly commended at the 1953 SAAC Festival].

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1952

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CAPPELLA OF ENCHANTMENT, the [1175]

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A love story set in Alassio, Italy.

1947

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CAPRICCIO [1122]

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An amateur film experimenting in low key lighting. [See also ref. 1114].

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1954

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CAT, the [1115]

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Story about a black cat that turns into a man and kills its owners.

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1956

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CHICK'S DAY [1173]

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The story of two young boys who commit a robbery.

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1950

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COCOZZA FAMILY RECORDS [1185]

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Compilation of various family shots of the Cocozza family, including a wedding and a picnic in Kelvingrove Park.

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1949

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CORKY [1183]

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The adventures of a young boy in Wishaw, Lanarkshire.

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1956

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CRABBIT GRANNY [1121]

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Comedy about a young boy and his dog on holiday with his grandmother. [Highly commended at the 1953 SAAC Festival].

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1953

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FANTASMAGORIA [1170]

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A fictional story of a Dracula-type character who terrorises the Coltness Estate in Wishaw.

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1948

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FERRY FLIRT [1116]

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Fictional story of a young man and woman who fall in love on a ferry.

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1949

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FIRENZE AND SIENA [3979]

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A short picturesque trip through the Italian cities of Florence and Siena, highlighting the historic beauty of each.

1947

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FIT O' THE TOON [5730]

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The course of a day in the life of the 'fit o' the toon' area in Wishaw through the eyes of Enrico Cocozza. His first film after a break of 18 years contains interviews by Cocozza and vox pops from a variety of local people about their lives, jobs, plans

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1978

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GLASGOW'S DOCKLANDS [0938]

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Glasgow's docklands; its workers, transportation and daily life. Filmed by Enrico Cocozza for Educational Films of Scotland.

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1956

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INCUBO [1126]

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Fictional story of a man who commits suicide after a series of events. The title, meaning Incubus, is the name for a demon that preys upon women in particular, although it may also attack men.

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1956

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INVOCATION [0629]

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A poetic study of the countryside in film, word and music.

1951

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LIVING GHOST, the [1162]

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An amateur story film concerning the appearance of a "living ghost".

1959

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MASQUERADE [1158]

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A girl, perhaps on her birthday, lives out her subconscious passions. A stylish and surreal concoction of dance, theatrics, flirtation and solitude.

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1953

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MEET THE STARS [1166]

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Scottish footballing stars of 1960 demonstrate their skills, including Alex Scott from Rangers FC and Bertie Peacock from Celtic FC, at Cathkin Park in Glasgow. Sponsored by Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society, whose Rocky Mount cigarettes are shown

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1960

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NINE O'CLOCK [1182]

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Story of a young man's last few hours before he commits suicide.

1951

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OLD AND THE NEW, the [1167]

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A record of the renovation work on the Bellhaven cafe, Wishaw, Lanarkshire, between 1948 to 1955; shows the work of masons, joiners, glaziers and the Cocozza family on the new Cafe, and the interest of passers-by.

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1955

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PETROL [1110]

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A man is strangled to death and then dumped in a car in this amateur production of a fictional story.

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1957

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PLUGGERS' PICNIC, the [1119]

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A drama about four schoolchildren playing truant to have a picnic. [Commended at the 1952 SAAC Festival].Four school children (two boys and two girls) play truant to have a picnic, during the course of which they eat so much that they are too fat to move

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1952

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PORPHYRIA [1155]

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A photographer has fallen for his model, but doubts about their love drive him to commit murder, then suicide. Based on a Robert Browning poem.

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1960

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RIC HAS A BATH [1124]

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An amateur film telling the story of a dog having a bath.

1950

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ROBOT THREE [1111]

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Fictional story following the lines of a Frankenstein type horror movie: A grim scientist orders one of his androids to destroy another, after finding out it has fallen in love with a third, "female" robot. She seduces her creator into drinking from a po

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1951

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SAIL TO INVERARAY [1120]

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A steamer trip from Wemyss Bay through the Kyles of Bute to Inveraray.

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1956

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SCENES AT WEST CROSS [1189]

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Compilation of views around West Cross in Wishaw, including shots of men tarring the roads, the Belhaven cafe and a gents' hair dressers.

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1949

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SCHERZO [1118]

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A comical story featuring Enrico Cocozza playing a film producer who pilfers a woman's hat.

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1956

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SMART BOY WANTED [1171]

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The story of two teenagers given a job in a cafe.

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1960

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TOURISTS, the [1163]

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A holiday film of Italy, including views of Genoa, Alassio, Naples and Filignano.

1955

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TWILIGHT [1176]

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The story of a group of people trying to survive after an atomic war, by sacrificing to their Gods.

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1955

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WESTX INTERVUS [6900]

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Scenes around West Cross, Wishaw. Enrico Cocozza interviews local people as they go about their daily business and captures the various goings on of the street his flat overlooks. Sound recorded at 18 fps.

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1979

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WHITE LADY, the [1172]

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Story of a male hiker abducted by a "white lady".

1949

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