Please allow me a little bit of shameless self-promotion…on Wednesday 4th December at 5,30pm I will give a presentation on Lorenza Mazzetti’s ‘London films’ during one of UCL’s Italian Department Research Seminar (Venue: Arts and Humanities Staff Common Room, Foster Court G24).
Lorenza Mazzetti made her first film K in 1954 while studying at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. In 1956, with the support of the Slade and the BFI, she completed Together with fellow students Michael Andrews and Eduardo Paolozzi in the roles of the two deaf-mute dockworkers living in the still semi-destroyed London’s East End. Together was one of the films screened at the first Free Cinema event at the NFT in 1956. In line with Free Cinema’s focus on subjectivity and poetic freedom, Mazzetti’s films reject traditional cinematic conventions and give life to a fascinating combination of Neorealist practices, radical documentary cinema and ‘Kitchen Sink’ drama.
As a woman and a foreigner in a British male-dominated world, Lorenza Mazzetti’s early works open up many questions about the relationship between British and Italian avant-garde cinema in the 1950s.
Please note: the talk will be followed by the screening of K and Together.
Thank you very much to all of you who attended the screening of Le Coccinelle yesterday evening. It was great to have your support! I hope you enjoyed it.
I will soon be posting news about our future events.
UCL’s Italian Film Club is glad to announce the screening + Q&A of Le Coccinelle – A Transsexual Melodrama (Emanuela Pirelli, 2012) on Thursday 14th November at 6pm (Taviton (16) 432).
In the working-class areas of Naples, private ceremonies are a thriving business. This is one of the few areas in the world where the stars are not the internationally-renowned ones promoted by MTV but are home-grown singers. At wedding parties, which may last over twelve hours, the performers enthral relatives and friends of the hosts throughout a gargantuan banquet. Weddings, first communions, christenings, birthdays and neighbourhood celebrations form the background to Le Coccinelle shows that entertain an audience consumed with curiosity. Children are entranced and the women are moved by the show of Le Coccinelle. The ties that bind the women with the Neapolitan transsexuals are ancient and deep and except for ceremonies, only women are allowed to watch their performances.
In restaurant dining rooms decked out in fake Baroque style, Le Coccinelle sing and perform their acts. They tell stories of prostitution, of the judgement by Naples’s upper class, of the hypocrisy of their clients; but they also recount their friendships with the women of the back streets and the Neapolitans’ joyous way of life.
The photographer and filmmaker Emanuela Pirelli met Tonino, leading performer of Le Coccinelle, five years ago while working on a photographic project on Naples’s transsexuals. After hearing his story, she wanted to meet the other members of the group and started following them during their shows around Naples where she got to know their fans and friends.
The director Emanuela Pirelli is a young photographer and filmmaker from Naples. She graduated at the Rome’s Institute of Photography and Communication and did photo reportage work for magazines and agencies in Naples, Rome, Milan, Amsterdam and Berlin. In 2002 she attended the Documentary School by Doc/it and Zelig. Since then she has worked as camera operator and assistant director for documentaries, news and TV formats for both Italian and foreign productions. She directed behind the scenes, arts films and filmed for several documentaries such as Winners and Losers (2007) by Lech Kowalsky.
The film (in Italian with English subtitles) will be introduced by Nicola G. Ibba and will be followed by a Q&A with the director.
Hope to see you there!
The first two screenings of the new season of UCL’s Italian Film Club are fast approaching!
We will begin on Thursday 10th October with Pranzo di Ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch, Gianni Di Gregorio, 2008)
It will be followed by Gianni e le donne (The Salt of Life, Gianni Di Gregorio, 2011) on Thursday 24th October.
Please note that this year’s screenings will take place in Taviton (16) 432 at 6pm.
For directions to the venue, see: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/maps
For Guido Bonsaver’s review of Pranzo di Ferragosto (Sight and Sound), see: http://old.bfi.org.uk/sightandsound/review/5083
…And for Peter Bradshaw’s review of Gianni e le donne (The Guardian), see: http://gu.com/p/3×623
Hope to see you there!
There are some very interesting cinema-related events that will take place next week during Birkbeck Arts Week 2013.
Follow this link to take a look at the programme: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/arts/about-us/events/arts-week
First of all, I would like to apologise for not being able to post something on Una giornata particolare last week. I’ve had some technical problems with the blog and did not manage to update the page.
I would also like to thank all the people who have attended our screenings this year. The regular meetings of the Italian Film Club will resume in October but I will also try to organise a couple of ‘special screenings’ during the third term.
I will keep you posted through the blog page.
See you soon!
The next meeting of UCL’s Italian Film Club will take place this coming Thursday at 6pm with a screening of La Donna della Domenica (Luigi Comencini, 1975).
An architect with a shady reputation is found murdered in a hot and deserted summer Turin. By an extraordinary web of circumstances suspicion falls on Massimo, a member of Turin’s high society (Jean-Louis Trintignant), and Annacarla Dosio (Jacqueline Bisset), his woman friend, much to the embarrassment of the local police. The investigator, Inspector Santamaria (Marcello Mastroianni), matches the subtlety of the charmingly snobbish suspects, for whom a man of his type is a beguiling novelty, as they are for him.
Based on the delightful murder mystery by the same title by Fruttero & Lucentini, the film is rich and entertaining, with fully rounded and unforgettable characters. The visceral curiosity about who done it furnishes the suspense on the surface level. At the some time, however, the watcher is constantly delighted by the wit and charm with which the screenwriters and actors handle the inquiry. Two love stories, one escalating, the other disintegrating, are brought to beginning and end in the wake of the murder, generating their own suspense.
Please, note that the film will be in Italian with Italian subtitles.
Hope to see you there!
Marcello Mastroianni and Jean-Louis Trintignant