Penta Film (Italy)

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Background: Penta Film was a joint venture between Italian film producers Mario & Vittorio Cecchi Gori and Silvio Berlusconi, the owner of Fininvest. It was formed in 1988 after Fininvest purchased Medusa Distribuzione and demised in 1994, effectively reverting back into Medusa. They also had the short-lived American branch called Penta Pictures.


Nickname: "The Sliding Pentagons"

Logo: We see five glass spheres moving through their drawn orbits, each carrying a small pentagon inside. Zooming across them, we see the volumised orange pentagon forming from six parts. Then "PENTA" and "FILM" zoom below and take their places.
The logo shines.

  • There is a variation with the third word ("DISTRIBUZIONE") typing itself in white below.
  • There is a logo with different movement, closer to the orbiting spheres and better quality.
  • In the film Mutande Pazze, the word "FILM" is replaced with "DISTRIBUZIONE" and the logo is still.

FX/SFX: The spheres move and pentagon forming from parts.

Music/Sounds: A synth noise, followed by crystallized whoosh, a long cymbal sound and a synth fanfare.

Availability: Uncommon. Can be found on Italian films, such as Mediterraneo and Dimenticare Palermo. Usually was plastered over with Miramax logo on US releases, but sometimes retained.

Editor's Note: None.