115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Italian Cinema

Session Chair: 
Fulvio Orsitto, Georgetown University
Session 2: Friday 10 – 11:30 am
Kieffer 9
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  1. Marina Romani, University of California, Berkeley
    In the Italian cinematic repertoire, film melodramas have engaged with the socio-political history of the nation, weaving the fabric of an elusive collective memory. Through the pervasive presence of John Adams’ minimalist score, Io sono l’amore's relationship to its operatic scaffolding becomes oblique. The narrative flirts with the boundary between aesthetic conformity and ideological critique, creating a thematic and aesthetic disturbance in the aural, visual, and political history of Italy.
  2. Gloria Pastorino, Fairleigh Dickinson University
    Da Sotto falso nome a Le confessioni, il cinema di Roberto Andò propone giochi di sdoppiamenti, identità scambiate, riletture e giochi di specchi che vanno da contenuti a strutture filmiche. Il mio intervento si propone di analizzare in che modo si sviluppano tali "doppi" nei film presi in considerazione.
  3. Ilaria Tabusso Marcyan, Miami University, Ohio
    This paper looks at the cinematic production of Ermanno Olmi and its relationship to Italian peasant culture. From Olmi’s first documentaries, to L’albero degli zoccoli and his most recent documentaries, Olmi's films invite us to reflect on the role of peasants and farming landscapes within Italian history and culture.
  4. Federico Pacchioni, Chapman University
    In Matteo Garrone’s directorial vision, the unity between film content and form pivots on the theme of work. A certain sensitivity for the relationship between one’s human sensibility and one’s profession often occupies a central place in most of his films. As it is shown in key moments scattered throughout Garrone’s filmography, the characters’ professional occupations are entryways into a meaningful whole, consisting of determined atmospheres, social issues, and existential topics.
Session Cancelled: