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Book Presentation: Italian Political Cinema Public, life, imaginary and identity in contemporary Italian film

Edited by Giancarlo Lombardi and Christian Uva


Gaetana Marrone Puglia

David Forgacs

Gianni Riotta

With the participation of Giancarlo Lombardi


Despite the powerful anti-political impulses that have pervaded Italian society in recent years, Italian cinema has sustained and renewed its longstanding engagement with questions of politics, both in the narrow definition of the term, and in a wider understanding that takes in reflections on public life, imaginary, and national identity. This book explores these political dimensions of contemporary Italian cinema by looking at three complementary strands: the thematics of contemporary political film from a variety of perspectives; the most prominent directors currently engaged in this filone; and case studies of the films that best represent this engagement. Conceived and edited by two Italian film scholars working in radically different academic settings, Italian Political Cinema brings together a wide array of critical positions and research from Italy, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States. The tripartite structure and international perspective create a volume that is an accessible entry-point into a subject that continues to attract critical and cultural attention, both inside and outside of academia.

Giancarlo Lombardi is professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at the College of Staten Island and the Graduate Center CUNY. he has published extensively on Italian film, television studies, and contemporary Italian literature. He is the author of Rooms with a View: Feminist Diary Fiction, 1952-1994. Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2002. Co-editor of Remembering Aldo Moro (20020 and Terrorism Italian Style (2012).


Gaetana Marrone-Puglia specializes in modern Italian literature and postwar Italian cinema. A native of Italy, she earned a Doctorate in Modern Languages from the University of Palermo and a Ph. D in Italian Literature from Northwestern University. Marrone-Puglia’s principal publications include articles in the 19th- and 20th- century literature, film, and cultural studies..Marrone-Puglia has also produced award winning films. She has served as Departmental Representative in Romance Languages and Literatures for eight years and as Director of the Program in Italian Studies from 1991-97. She currently serves as Acting Chair of Italian and on the Film Studies Committee, Program in the Study of Gender and Sexuality, and Program in Italian Studies.

David Forgacs holds the endowed Guido and Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò Chair in Contemporary Italian Studies. He earned both his M.A. in English and his M.Phil. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Oxford (1975, 1977) and his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa (1979). Previously, he taught at University College London, where he held the Panizzi Chair of Italian, established in 1828; before that he was at Royal Holloway University of London, where he was Reader in Film Studies, at University of Cambridge, where he was a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, and at University of Sussex.

Gianni Riotta (born 1954 in Palermo, Italy) is an Italian journalist, a regular contributor for the daily newspaper La Stampa and a former Editor in chief of the financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, Rai 3 and the news bulletin TG1. He has contributed to the Washington Post, Le Monde, Foreign Policy, and the New York Times.

Riotta sits on the Advisory Council of the Department of French and Italian at Princeton University, he also collaborates with IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca.

He received the America Award of the Italy-USA Foundation in 2013. Riotta is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Date: Monday, November 21, 2016

Time: From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : IIC

Entrance : Free


Italian Cultural Institute of New York