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Lifelong Learning

Italian Cinema: Then and Now Event

The Leopard film poster
2 May 2012
Harbour Lights Picturehouse Maritime Walk Southampton Hampshire SO14 3TL

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Lifelong Learning Team on 023 8059 7261 or email

Event details

Italy is one of the great filmmaking nations. This five-week course enables us to compare two very different classics from the past with two outstanding recent films in the same traditions.

Bicycle Thieves (1948) is a masterpiece of neo-realism, the Italian post-war movement that was hugely influential in putting the lives of ordinary working people on the screen in natural settings with a wholly new directness and immediacy. Garrone's Gomorrah (2008), a compelling portrait of the workings of the Mafia in Naples today and its effects on ordinary lives, draws in part on this tradition while linking it to a line of distinguished Italian gangster films.

By contrast, both Visconti's The Leopard (1963) and Guadagnino's I Am Love (2001) offer  sumptuous, richly detailed portraits of powerful upper-class families under the pressure of change, made in high, almost operatic style - the first set in Sicily in the 1860s and the second in Milan in the twenty-first century.

A seminar evening between the showing of past and present films will allow further consideration of these two very different approaches to filmmaking.

Course Information

Dates: 2 May 2012 - 30 May 2012
Fee: Full


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