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Italy through its films: Neorealism, comedy and fascism Event

Film Reel
18:00 - 20:00
8 October 2018
Avenue Campus, Highfield Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1BF

For more information regarding this event, please email Louis Bayman at .

Event details

Film Studies and Modern Languages and Linguistics are organising a series of Italian film screenings taking place every fortnight at Avenue Campus, LTB from 6.15pm covering Neorealism, Italian comedy and Fascism. All films have English subtitles and will be introduced in English and followed by a discussion. At the end of each session, resources that explain more about the films will be made available to attendees via a dedicated online area.


Monday 8th October 2018

Event launch with overview of screening programme and an introduction to how to understand film as art and as a creative glimpse into the society it comes from.

15th October 2018

Rome Open City (Roma città aperta, Roberto Rossellini, 1945) – the foundation point of neorealism, the cinematic movement that brought Italian film to the world and showed the difficult realities of a country overcoming Fascism and war.

29th October 2018

Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette, Vittorio de Sica, 1948) – this simple tale of unemployment in post-war Rome is regularly cited as one of the greatest films ever made, and a vision of a kind of cinema rooted less in entertainment formulas than the poetry of human existence.

12th November 2018

Bitter Rice (Riso amaro, Giuseppe de Santis, 1949) – this realist gangster story represents an attempt to form a kind of radical leftwing entertainment, with boogie-woogie, romance, and the invention of the ‘pin-up’.

26th November 2018

Persons Unkown (I soliti ignoti, Mario Monicelli, 1958) – a gang of hapless Roman would-be criminals plan a heist in this parody of the crime film Rififi.

10th December 2018

Divorce, Italian Style (Divorzio all’italiana, Pietro Germi, 1961) – a dissolute Sicilian aristocrat discovers that the easiest way to divorce his wife will be to kill her, in this satire of Mediterranean honour codes.

28th January 2019

The Seduction of Mimì (Mimì metallurgico ferito nell’onore, Lina Wertmüller, 1972) – a riotous feminist farce about the Mafia, political radicalism and gender relations in 1970s Italy.

11th February 2019

The Conformist (Il conformista, Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970) – a searing critique of the conformist mindset that upheld the Italian Fascist regime for twenty years, this is Bernardo Bertolucci’s most accomplished achievement and an unforgettable vision of political cowardice.

25th February 2019

A Special Day (Una giornata particolare, Ettore Scola, 1978) – a film set entirely on one day, in one apartment block in Rome, this late pairing of the international megastar couple Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni is an intimate, touching chamber piece about how state ideologies affect the everyday and the personal sphere.

11th March 2019

Life Is Beautiful (La vita è bella, Roberto Benigni, 1999) – Italian comedian Roberto Benigni’s controversial decision to make a comedy about the Holocaust in Italy ended up as one of the most commercially successful and awarded Italian films of recent decades.

25th March 2019  

Perfect strangers (Perfetti sconosciuti, Paolo Genovese, 2016) - fascinating, funny and timely comedy-drama: this film is a digital-age reminder that we all are more than who we say we are, for better and worse.

If you need more information, please contact the event organisers:

 Alessia Plutino,

Senior Teaching Fellow of Italian, Modern Languages and Linguistics  

Dr. Louis Bayman

Lecturer in Film Studies

Speaker information

Alessia Plutino,Senior Teaching Fellow of Italian, Modern Languages and Linguistics

Dr. Louis Bayman,Lecturer in Film Studies

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