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Special screening: 'Together' by Lorenza Mazzetti



Special screening: 'Together' by Lorenza Mazzetti

On the occasion of the major retrospective on Eduardo Paolozzi (16 Feb - 14 May 2017), the Whitechapel Gallery, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute, hosts a new screening of Together by Lorenza Mazzetti, Best Avantgarde Film at Cannes Film Festival in 1956.

Lorenza Mazzetti herself introduced the film and gave a talk here at the Italian Cultural Institute last January, with Robert Lumley and Cristina Massaccesi, and this is a great opportunity to watch this film for all those who could not attend the sold out event then. 

Italian writer and film director Lorenza Mazzetti produced Together (1956) during her time at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, recruiting fellow artists Eduardo Paolozzi and Michael Andrews to play deaf-mute dockers. The film is a unique portrayal of working class life in post-war East London, as the protagonists go about their daily routine, walking the docklands and alleyways of the area.

This realist yet experimental work is considered the first act of the ‘Free Cinema’ movement of which Mazzetti was a member, holding a manifesto celebrating ‘freedom’ for filmmakers from orthodoxy and conservatism.

The screening is introduced by Brighid Lowe, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, who has been researching Mazzetti and the history of the Slade Film Department.

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Lorenza Mazzetti, born in a Valdese family, had lived her childhood in Tuscany with her aunt Nina Mazzetti, who had adopted her and her twin, and her husband Robert Einstein, Albert’s cousin. The traumatic event of the assassination of her adopted family by the SS seeking revenge against Albert Einstein escape to America, changed all her life. About this theme and her memories, she wrote: Il cielo cade (Sellerio, 2002), Viareggio Prize in 1962, Mi può prestare la sua pistola per favore? (La Nave di Teseo, 2016), Con rabbia (La Nave di Teseo, 2016) e Diario Londinese (Sellerio, 2014). She is one of the founders of the Free Cinema Movement. She directed two films, K e Together, awarded Best Avantgarde Film at the Cannes Film Festival palmarés. She lives in Rome where she paints and continues to write. Her exhibition “Album di famiglia” has been presented in several Italian and European cities.


Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017

Time: At 7:00 pm

Organized by : Whitechapel Gallery

In collaboration with : ICI London

Entry : With fee


Zilkha Auditorium, Whitechapel Gallery