UCL and Devil’s Advocates – Screening of Dead of Night (1945)


UCL SELCS and Auteur Books are very happy to announce a screening of Dead of Night (Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden and Robert Hamer, 1945). The screening will take place on Wednesday 2 December at 6.20pm in Pearson (North East Entrance) G22 LT.

The film will be introduced by Jez Conolly. Jez is co-editor, with Caroline Whelan, of three books in the World Film Locations series (Dublin, Reykjavik and Liverpool) published by Intellect. He writes regularly for The Big Picture magazine and website and has contributed to numerous other cinema books and journals. Devil’s Advocates: Dead of Night, published by Auteur in November 2015 and co-written with David Owain Bates, is his second book in the series, the first was published in 2013 and concerned John Carpenter’s The Thing. When not writing, Jez is Head of Student Engagement for University of Bristol Library Services.41v+AqUhazL._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_

‘Nearly 60 years on, Ealing’s compendium of spooky tales remains scary as hell. The best of the five stories, which we see enacted as they’re related in turn by guests at a country house, are Cavalcanti’s ‘The Ventriloquist’s Dummy’, with Redgrave possessed by his deceptively lifeless little partner, and Hamer’s ‘The Haunted Mirror’, with the splendid Withers a reluctant participant as history repeats itself; least frightening, but amusing, are Radford and Wayne as typically obsessive sporting coves in Crichton’s ‘Golfing Story’. Best of all, however, is the overall narrative arc, with the framing story finally taking a headlong rush into a nightmarish realm almost surreal in its weird clarity and familiarity.’ (Time Out)

The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with the audience chaired by Dr Cristina Massaccesi (UCL SELCS). For info: c.massaccesi@ucl.ac.uk

Tickets are free of charge but seats are limited and booking through Eventbrite is essential. Please, do let us know if you have to cancel your booking in order to give someone else the chance to attend the event. Dead-of-Night-006

Hope to see you there!


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UCL and Devil’s Advocates – Screening of Black Sunday (Mario Bava, 1960)

Hello everyone!

After a short break, I’m very pleased to announce that UCL SELCS and Auteur Books have organised a screening of Mario Bava’s Black Sunday (1960). The screening will take place on Thursday 29th October at 6pm in Chadwick B05 LT. The film will be introduced by Martyn Conterio, an editor and journalist specialising in Italian horror who has contributed to Time Out’s Horror Survey and writes for Little White Lies, The Guardian, Total Film and Rue Morgue. Martyn has recently published a study of Black Sunday in the series Devil’s Advocates (Auteur, 2015). 9781906733834The film screening will be followed by a Q&A.

‘With Black Sunday, Mario Bava created what many consider to be one of the most definitive titles in Gothic horror cinema. Adapted from a short story by Nikolai Gogol, the film was banned in Britain for eight years, largely because of its strangely poetic fusion of morbid sexuality and graphic violence, highly unusual for the time. […] Released in the same year as Peeping Tom, Psycho, The Fall of the House of Usher and Eyes Without a Face, Conterio identifies the film as a work which significantly pushed cinematic boundaries in terms of sex and violence and further contextualisation highlights its significance in post-war cinema and the birth of Italian horror.’ (James Gracey, http://www.exquisiteterror.com)

Tickets are free of charge but seats are limited and booking through Eventbrite is essential. Please, do let me know if you have to cancel your booking in order to give someone else the chance to attend the event. 1349376023_1

Hope to see you there!


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Screening of Italiani veri – how to find the room!

Dear All,

Please note that if you’re not familiar with UCL, the room (Physics A1/A3) where the film screening will take place is not very easy to find…

The entrance on Gower Place can only be accessed if you have a UCL ID badge.

If you are coming from outside UCL, the Physics building can be accessed via the main gate entrance on Gower Street. Enter the main building (North Cloisters http://crf.casa.ucl.ac.uk/screenRoute.aspx?s=386&d=1173&w=False) and turn left. Walk until the end of the corridor (you will end up in front of a place called Housman Room). Look right and you will see another door that will take you into the Physics Department. Take the lift to the third floor where the lecture theatre is located.

See you there!


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Screening of Italiani Veri – Thursday 15th January

Dear All,

It’s a great pleasure to announce the next event of UCL’s Italian Film Club. On Thursday 15th January 2015 at 6pm we will host the first UK screening of Italiani Veri (2013, http://www.italianiverifilm.com/), a documentary film by Marco Raffaini and Giuni Ligabue. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Marco Raffaini.

The film follows the extraordinary success of Italian popular music (musica leggera) in Russia and in the former Soviet Union Republics over the last 50 years. After spending some time in Russia, one quickly realises that Italian popular music is highly and widely appreciated by older and younger generations alike. Italian popular music triggers strong emotions in Russian people, regardless of their social or cultural background.

The film charts this astonishing story through a series of interviews with the main actors of this success (Robertino, Al Bano, Pupo, Toto Cutugno), with the Russian singers who have performed with them (Tat’jana Bulanova, Svetlana Svetikova, Diana Gurtskaja), with representatives of the S. Petersburg’s underground scene (Oleg Garkusha, Viktor Sologub), music critics journalists, University professors and simple Italian music fans.

The screening will take place in Physics A1/3 (for directions see: https://goo.gl/maps/WCjb4)

The film will be in Russian and Italian with English subtitles.

Hope to see you there!


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Free Screening and Q&A of ‘Leopardi – Il giovane favoloso’ – Wednesday 19th November

UCL’s Italian Film Club and Infallible Productions Ltd. are happy to announce a free screening of Leopardi. Il giovane favoloso (2014) that will be followed by a Q&A with director Mario Martone and co-screenwriter Ippolita Di Majo chaired by Dr Beatrice Sica (UCL).

The film screening will take place on Wednesday 19 November at 6pm in the Christopher Ingold XLG1 Chemistry LT (https://goo.gl/maps/53vxS). Please note that although the event is free of charge, ticketing is mandatory through Eventbrite (http://tinyurl.com/nklcv69). The film will be in Italian with English subtitles.

‘Giacomo Leopardi is one of the most important and influential poets in Italian literary history. Director Mario Martone’s film, a scrupulously researched and cinematically staged period biopic, gives us the full sweep of the restless and often terribly unhappy events of Leopardi’s life, set within the turbulent context of early 19th-century Italian society, politics and literature. However this is no academic exercise – it is a powerful, moving search for identity and artistic self-expression by a brilliant misfit, memorably played by Elio Germano (My Brother is an Only ChildAs God Commands)’ – Adrian Wootton (CEO Film London).

For information, please send an email to c.massaccesi@ucl.ac.uk

Hope to see you there!



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UCL Research Seminar – Wednesday 29th October

This event is not related to cinema but you would still be welcome to attend…


Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 6pm
UCL, Italian Seminar Room, Foster Court 351


Luca Baldoni (James Madison University – Florence) will be in conversation with Flaviano Pisanelli (Universitè Paul Valery – Montpellier III) to present and discuss the poetry collection “Le parole tra gli uomini. Antologia di poesia gay italiana dal Novecento al presente” (Robin Edizioni, 2012).

The seminar will be in Italian and will be chaired by Nicola G. Ibba

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Please note that Luca Baldoni and Flaviano Pisanelli will be at the Italian Bookshop (5 Warwick Street) on Thursday 30th October at 6,30pm for a poetry reading.

Hope to see you there!


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A quick update

Hello everyone!

I hope you are enjoying the summer (that seems to be sunnier and warmer in the UK rather than in Italy for a change…). UCL’s Italian Film Club is currently on holidays but come October, we will begin a new season of screenings and events. Keep an eye on this page for updates and see you soon! 




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