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Cecil Satariano in Frans Sammut's book

I have read a lot about Frans Sammut's On The Da Vinci Code, and I feel I need not add anything to what has already been said. Mr Sammut has written a very erudite commentary, and I must congratulate him for it. He offers a good guide to those who feel that they need to choose the truths from the untruths in Dan Brown's bestseller.

As Edward Topriano said in Lehen is-Sewwa, Sammut's work is "of an international level". However, the book has an added bonus: the photos used for the cover were taken by the late Cecil Satariano. Satariano was one of our best photographers and film-makers. His film Katarin is mentioned on such Websites as www.hollywood.com.

This is what the University Film Club had to say about him: "Cecil Satariano was a pioneer of cinematography who gained international recognition for works such as Katarin and Guzeppi. Katarin is a film in the English language and Guzeppi is a silent movie based on a true story. In these films, we can see the traditional Maltese lifestyles, culture and festivities. These short films reflect the excellent qualities of a local movie maker, professional editing and beautiful Maltese scenes of the Seventies and before."

In 1974, he won the The Daily Mail Challenge Trophy for the Best Amateur Movie of the Year. Satariano had placed second at the Cannes International Amateur Film Festival. Satariano's work Canon-Fire! The Art of Making Award-Winning Amateur Movies (Bachman and Turner) is a classic of its genre, and his lessons on movie-making are still quoted in the literature of the sector.

Possibly this is the first time the photos taken by Satariano and used for Sammut's book, were published. The quality of the photos is another attestation to Satariano's great talent. It is a pity that there is no street in Malta named after Cecil Satariano. Perhaps the Street Naming Committee should take note, and grab the opportunity which has come up thanks to Sammut's latest book.

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