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Directed byJames Hill
Written byJames Hill
Produced by
  • James Hill
  • Massimo Saraceni
CinematographyVáclav Vích
Edited byVivienne Collins
Music by
Schoenfeld Films
Distributed byBritish Petroleum
Release date
  • 1960 (1960)
Running time
28 minutes
CountriesUnited Kingdom

Giuseppina is a 1960 short British documentary film produced by James Hill, which was filmed in 1959, in Mandriole, Emilia-Romagna, near Ravenna in the north east of Italy. It won the Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject).[1][2] Production of the film was sponsored by the British Petroleum company (BP), which also distributed the film.[3] The BP webpage summarizes the film as, "set at an Italian petrol station where various characters pass through on their onward journey, while entertaining and playing with the attendant's daughter, Giuseppina."

In the 1960s and early 1970s, Giuseppina was broadcast 185 times on British television as a trade test colour film.[4] Excerpts were also shown on Vision On, the BBC programme for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. It was released as an extra on the BFI Flipside DVD release of "Lunch Hour".



  1. ^ "New York Times: Giuseppina". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2011. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011.
  2. ^ "The 33rd Academy Awards (1961) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Giuseppina (1959)". BP Video Library. Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2008.
  4. ^ Keys, Andrew (2007). "The Statistician's Guide to Trade Test Colour Films", webpage of the "Test Card Circle" website archived at WebCite from this original URL 18 June 2008.

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