The Passion and Death of the Carlisèp

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The Passion and Death of the Carlisèp © Museo degli Usi e Costumi della Gente Trentina, Archive Carnival King of Europe
19 minutes / Colour / 2015
Directed by
Michele Trentini

Anthropologist Giovanni Kezich

Country of production Italy

Series Carnival King of Europe

In Schignano, in the Lombardy mountains close to the Swiss border, Carlisèp is the local name of the Carnival dummy, who attempts a last minute escape.

Carnival trials such as that held in Valda, in the mountains of Trentino, are commonplace throughout Europe. Death sentence is for granted.

This film is part of Carnival King of Europe DVD 8 - STRAW MEN AND HUMAN SACRIFICE. The climax of the masquerade, which marks a turning point in social time, is the staging of a human sacrifice by the burning of a ritual dummy.

Films included in DVD 8: The trial, sentence and execution of Johnny Woodstock (14:30 minutes), The Passion and Death of the Carlisèp (19 minutes), The Short Happy Life of the Poklad (26:30 minutes), The Bear Chase (7 minutes), The Beautiful White Masks of Rèsije (15 minutes).

Region South-East Europe

Country Italy

Keywords Festivals / Carnival Folklore