Turin is the Italian city where film chromatography was first established. As such, it forms the birthplace of Italian cinema. Because of its historic, geographical and cultural proximity to France, Italian filmmakers were naturally influenced by French cinema and the Lumière brothers. The first Italian cinema screening occurred in Turin in March 1896, whereas in November 1896, Italian filmmakers performed the first cinema screening of a film before a paying audience.
If you are a cinephile like me, especially when it comes to classic old movies, then you cannot avoid a tour at the shop Cinefolies: in this tiny space, filled with posters, books and post cards related to the silver-screen world, I can get lost for hours. You can scroll through shelves filled with actor’s biographies and coffee table monographs, dig in and shuffle through Spaghetti western vivid scenes, vintage erotic movies from the 70s, Italian comedies Dolce Vita style and admire some of the paraphernalia exposed on the walls. This fabulous shop is really waiting for you to take home a small souvenir from the first capital of Italian cinema.