This year the Venice Film Festival is being staged for the 75th time, or at least this is the numbering which has been officially adopted. As is well known, the Festival was held for the first time in 1932. Counting the years between that date and this one we come up with a figure of 87. The difference (twelve) stems primarily from the fact that in some years there was no Festival (six in all). This happened in the second year when the intention was still to stage it biennially, like the Art Exhibition out of which it sprang, and then again in the war years (three) and in another two years in more recent times (1973 and 1978) for various reasons. Of the other six missing years, three have been declared void for damnatio memoriae (the Festivals of 1940, 1941 and 1942). Two belong to the period of Carlo Ripa di Meana’s presidency, when the programs of La Biennale (1974 and 1977) were devoted to Chile and to “dissent” respectively. I do not at the moment have an adequate explanation for the last of the twelve missing years. In 1947 in fact, when the series of Festivals was renumbered in order to erase from memory the 8th, 9th and 10th, the ones held in the three years from 1940 to 1942, the number eight, which had been that of the Festival in 1940, was reassigned to that of 1947. This led to the “erasure” of the Festival held in 1946 too, by assigning it the more humble name of a manifestazione or event rather than a mostra or exhibition, even though it represented an important moment in the life of La Biennale and the Festival. That year it was organised in a great hurry, in Venice and not at the Lido, and held on requisitioned premises, for which authorisation had to be obtained from the military representatives of the occupying powers. It was held between the months of August and September and presented a significant number of Italian and foreign films notwithstanding the postwar climate (including Paisà and Les Enfants du Paradis). It was also the year in which, with the launch of the Cannes Film Festival, diplomatic channels were used to reach an agreement over the future dates of the two events.