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The Imago.

The Imago



1895. A man is on trial. For what? Discovering why will bring him to a unexpected truth. "The Imago" directed by Emiliano Galigani is an historical thriller in english, filmed in Tuscany in oct/nov 2013.


Defendant 47 is on Trial. His judge and lawyers are asking him questions he apparently cannot answer. He only remembers a few details, where he’s been lately, and glimpses of the past. He may have lost his memory. He also suffers from narcolepsy, so he tends to fall asleep right in the middle of the hearing. Despite all this Defendant 47 slowly starts remembering. His name is Charles Dee. He’s a scientist, a mathematician, teaching his students numbers and rules. One day, for the first time, he enters a photographer’s studio. He comes in contact with photography, the new science and art, and gets immediately involved with this new tool of human understanding. He befriends Mr.Niepce, the owner of the studio. Their friendship grows to the point where Mr. Niepce, having come down with an ailment, asks Defendant 47 to run the studio. Now Defendant 47 begins to get the hang for photography in earnest and meets a new friend, Mr. Lewis Cellar, also interested in the art. Together they develop new methods to take stills, to freeze a frame forever. Their preferred subject is childhood, the human being caught at a time of perfection. So they start to take photographs of children. That’s how mr.Dee meets Ellen Rhodes, the mother of one of his preferred subjects. And this meeting brings everything to a head, and a dark end.

Main themes

Photography: a drug

The Imago is the story of a journey. It’s the journey undertaken by a man as he recalls his own life and a journey through photography in its early days. Photography at the time seemed to show reality beyond imagination, captured forever on a piece of paper. This brought me to imagine the revolution that happened in late 1880, when this art became reality for a wide audience. Still photography suddenly transformed the entire concept of truth and beauty.

The spotless mind

The main theme of the story is Purity and Wonder. The ability to see the world with curiosity, to see without prejudice. Childhood is perfection, and Photography is the perfect media to freeze perfection forever. The gaze of a camera is clear, uncorrupted by experience and time, much like the gaze of a child. That’s why children see things in a way nobody else can. They can see inside people, beyond their outer representation. This allows them to dream, to constantly merge dreams and reality. That’s what the main character is looking for.

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Emiliano Galigani

Emiliano Galigani

Emiliano Galigani was born in 1973, he studied Cinema & production in Bologna and he worked in movie and theatre industry as lighting engineer, stage manager and production assistant, he got involved in TV production, (executive producer for two television series) and film production (production assistant for films such as “The triumph of love”, produced by Bernardo Bertolucci, directed by Claire Peploe, with Mira Sorvino and Ben Kingsley), in 2001, he set up a Theatrical and Cinematographic Production Company, Metropolis. From 2002 to 2009 he has written and directed a number of subjects, screenplays, plays and musicals including “Faber Circus” (2003), “The strange case of Mr. D” (2005) and “Welcome To The Machine” (2005/2010). In 2010 he directed his first short movie, “The seventh AD” . In 2012 he produced and directed “the Wall live Orchestra” on an international tour in Switzerland and Germany. Moreover in 2012 he directed a tv serial, “Mayor town” and in 2013, back in theatre production, he directed Jesus Christ Superstar. “The Imago” is his first feature movie.

Video Cast interviews

Cast interviews

Douglas Dean, James Lee Butterfield, Micky Martin, Manuela Parodi are the main actors of “The Imago”. Watch them talk about the movie.


Special effects (cornerstone of the movie) are in charge of the Fx, Computer Graphic and motion graphic unit department in Metropolis. Metropolis has built over the years a in-house FX department.


Equipment like a jimyjib with 3 axis remote head, or a smoothcam, a steadycam and tracks have allowed us to use infinite narrative ways to shoot the scenes. Metropolis pictures has an in-house equipment department.

Video Props and set design

The set design of the movie was projected both for ext. and int. sets. The entire preproduction building period was managed inside the Metropolis studios, in Tuscany, Italy.

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