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Synopsis: In 1957 Rosanna Bonelli, the first and only woman in history, participates as a jockey at the Palio of Siena. The Palio is a very rude horse race – where jockeys ride without saddle – which takes place in Siena uninterruptedly for five hundred years to celebrate the ancient and proud medieval republic.

Rosanna’s father Luigi, a playwright, had written in the 1930s operetta Rompicollo, whose protagonist was a girl who won the stake. Since childhood, Rosanna had dreamed of being Rompicollo, and she ended up succeeding after having participated as a stuntwoman in the production of a film with Diana Dors and Vittorio Gassman. Rompicollo’s story is an unusual story made of nonconformity and courage, but also of lightness and irony, and rich in casualty.







Run Time

39 min minutes




Rosanna Bonelli

Directed by

Antonio Bartoli
Silvia Folchi

Director's Bio

Antonio Bartoli and Silvia Folchi, united in the life and work of documentaries, are both anthropologists. Always interested in scientific disclosure, they have followed a search path over the image, believing that art, landscape, scientific instruments, and people’s lives can be more effective communicating better by taking care of photography. Among the numerous films they made: The Beautiful and the Disclosure of Science, Senese University System of Museums, Selection at the Festival See Science, Milan 2011; In Tuscany, a journey in verse with Mario Luzi, in collaboration with Marco Marchi, supported by the Tuscany Region and projected in the Senate for the celebrations of the centenary of the poet; The closed life. Tales from the Manicomial Village, University of Siena, 2008; Narrated Days: Fascism War and Liberation in Women’s Living, Image Woman 1996 Prize; Carbonai today, Atelier International Anthropologie Visuelle, Marseille 1989.

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