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Mar 28
17:00 - 19:00
A Certain Tendency of Italian Cinema: Filming Italy in the New Millennium
Leverhulme Lecture
Professor Vito Zagarrio (University of Rome 3)

The title of this lecture can be considered an homage to the famous article by François Truffaut, 'Une certain tendence du cinema français', in which the French critic and director anticipated the emergence of the French New Wave. This title leads us to pose a series of questions. Is there such a thing as an 'Italian New Wave'? Can one identify a 'certain tendency' of contemporary Italian Cinema? By posing such questions, this lecture will demonstrate that contemporary Italian cinema is living through a very interesting period in terms of style, mode of production, gender and genre. Addressing such case studies as the 'Cinema del reale' (the new documentary), post-Millennial comedy, and female directors and the notion of the Other, Professor Zagarrio will draw on his first-hand observations of the contemporary Italian film scene to argue that this constitutes a particularly fertile moment for Italian cinema.

Professor Zagarrio is one of Italy's leading and most prolific film scholars, the author of a dozen monographs and the editor of over thirty edited collections, including books on the cinema of the Fascist era and on Italian cinema of the Nineties and the New Millennium. He is a recognised expert on Italian cinema; film, history and the representation of Fascism; classical and contemporary Hollywood filmmakers; and film direction and the Italian film industry. He is also an established filmmaker with three feature-length films, nine medium-length/television fiction films and over three dozen documentary and compilation films to his credit. His directorial credits include La donna della luna (1987), Bonus Malus (1993) and Tre giorni d'anarchia (2005). He is currently Professor of Cinema and Television at University of Rome 3, and this term is a Visiting Professor at the University of Kent.

The event will be followed by a wine reception in Grimond Foyer.

Please note this event is preceded by a special screening of Tre giorni d'anarchic [Three Days of Anarchy] in the Lupino Screening Room on campus.


Lecture Theatre 3,
Grimond Building,
University of Kent,
United Kingdom


Open to all,

Contact: Dr Alex Marlow-Mann


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