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Cinema and Narrative in Contemporary Italy



Cinema and Narrative in Contemporary Italy

With Valerio Jalongo and Geoffrey Nowell-Smith
Chaired by Nicola Curzio

Director Valerio Jalongo and critic Geoffrey Nowell-Smith will talk about the relationships between cinema, television, playwright and literature, in particular taking inspiration from Jalongo's documentary Di me cosa ne sai (What Do You Know About Me).

The film analyzes the cinema crisis of the seventies in Italy, caused by the birth of television and auditel, that caused the “drain” of De Laurentiis, Ponti, and other big producers from Italy to the United States, as well as the related phenomena marking gradual changes in Italian collective imagination and the disappearance of Italian cinema from the international market. Featuring Ken Loach, Wim Wenders, Bernardo Bertolucci, Federico Fellini, Liliana Cavani.


Valerio Jalongo is director, playwright and producer. He attended the Gaumont School of Cinema, founded by producer Renzo Rossellini, and also studied Cinema at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. In 1988 he made DreamCity, a documentary film shot in Los Angeles which won the Vittorio De Sica Prize the same year. In 2009, his documentary Di me cosa ne sai (What Do You Know About Me) was presented at the 66th Venice International Film Festival (Venice Days) where it received the "Federazione italiana dei circoli del cinema" Prize. His most recent feature film is La scuola è finita, starring Valeria Golino and Vincenzo Amato.

Geoffrey Nowell-Smith is Honorary Professorial Fellow in the School of History at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the editor of The Oxford History of World Cinema (1996) and author of Hollywood and Europe: Economics, Culture, National Identity 1945-95 (1998) and The British Film Institute, The Government and Film Culture, 1933-2000 (2012). He has also published many books and articles on Italian cinema, particularly Luchino Visconti, Michelangelo Antonioni, Roberto Rossellini.

This event is staged on the occasion of the XVII edition of the Settimana della lingua italiana nel mondo (16-22 ottobre 2017). Under the high patronage of the President of the Italian Republic.



Date: Friday, October 20, 2017

Time: From 7:00 pm To 9:00 pm

Organized by : ICI London

Entry : Free