Italian film showing on Monday 25th February – A Special Day – Una Giornata Particolare

Italian flagWe are pleased to invite you to the next film of our Italy through its films series, featuring A Special day – Una Giornata Particolare (Ettore Scola, 1977).

Join us on Monday 25th February in Lecture Theatre B at Avenue Campus at 6:15pm. “A Special Day” takes place on the day of Hitler’s 1938 state visit to Rome, where he was given a gigantic, hysterically enthusiastic reception by Mussolini, the King, the diplomatic corps. After packing off her six children and her husband (all properly uniformed) to attend the rally, Antonietta sets about to clean her cramped apartment when Rosamunda, the mynah bird, escapes and flies to the other side of the courtyard of the now-empty apartment block. This is the device that brings Antonietta and Gabriele together… A Special Day stars Sofia Loren (Antonietta) and Marcello Mastroianni (Gabriele).

There is also a critique of the film by Louis Bayman.

All welcome, free entry!

Italian film showing this evening (Monday 11th February) – The Conformist – Il Conformista

Italian flagWe are pleased to invite you to the next film of our Italy through its films series, featuring The Conformist – Il Conformista (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970).

Join us on Monday 11th February, in Lecture Theatre B at Avenue Campus at 6:15pm. Bernardo Bertolucci’s expressionist masterpiece is a movie that plugs post-war Italian cinema firmly and directly into the emerging 1970s renaissance in Hollywood film-making. The film is an account of the neuroses and self-loathing of a sexually confused would-be fascist (Jean-Louis Trintignant) aching to fit in in 1938 Rome, who is despatched to Paris to murder his former, anti-fascist college professor. Bertolucci combines a flawless aesthetic with a deep emphasis on composition, design, and camerawork to slowly build a devastating portrait of the kind of personality that allows fascism to flourish. The Conformist is less about drama and more about exploring the brutal truth of its antihero — and how he represents the drives that fuel fascism.

There is also a critique of the film by Corin Depper.

All welcome, free entry!

*RESCHEDULED* Italian film showing on Monday 18th February – The Seduction of Mimì (Mimì metallurgico ferito nell’onore)

Italian flagAs semester 2 starts, we are resuming our Italy through its films screenings on Monday 28th January 2019 with The Seduction of Mimì (Mimì metallurgico ferito nell’onore) by Italian film director Lina Wertmüller, 1972.

Join us on Monday 28th January, in Lecture Theatre B at Avenue Campus at 6:15pm. The film is a deliberately offensive one, with explicit sex scenes in it. A riotous feminist farce about the Mafia, political radicalism and gender relations in 1970s Italy and definitely not a film for the faint-hearted! A sex comedy which seeks deliberately to offend morality and good taste, this is political filmmaking at its most unruly.

Here is Sergio Rigoletto’s film critique.

As always, the film will be introduced in English by Dr Louis Bayman, and a post-film discussion/reflection with the audience in English will be facilitated by Alessia Plutino.

We are looking forward to welcome those of you interested in the event, which is free and open to all.

Italian film showing on Monday 10th December – Divorzio all’italiana – Divorce Italian Style

Italian flagWe are pleased to invite you to the next film of our Italy through its films series, featuring Divorzio all’italiana – Divorce Italian Style (Pietro Germi, 1961).

Join us on Monday 10th December, in Lecture Theatre B at Avenue Campus at 6:15pm. The film looks at the “persistence of antiquated and stubborn moral and social codes (the honour of the Latin male) in the face of situations in which they have become hopelessly outdated: Don Ferdinando Cefalù cannot stand his wife but instead of demanding the modernisation of local custom and of the law (divorce was only legalized in Italy in the 1970s) he prefers to adopt a hypocritical respect for tradition (legislation on crimes of passion goes back to the Fascist era and was not repealed until the 1980s) and settle with the status quo. The all’italiana of the title, therefore, refers to the co-presence of backwardness and modernity, each of which are exploited by the characters when it suits them.” (From: Directory of World Cinema: Italy, edited by Louis Bayman, Intellect Books Ltd, 2012. ProQuest Ebook Central,
https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/soton-ebooks/detail.action?docID=1057951.

There is also a critique of the film by Elena Gipponi.

Pre-screening introduction and post-showing discussion in English, all welcome, free entry.

Italian film showing this evening – I soliti ignoti – Persons unknown

Italian flagWe are pleased to invite you to the next film of our Italy through its films series, featuring I soliti ignoti – Persons unknown.

Join us on Monday 26th November, in Lecture Theatre B at Avenue Campus at 6:15pm as we move on from the socially committed cinema of neorealism, to the satirical, cynical world of “commedia all’ italiana” with a trilogy of screenings starting with I soliti ignoti – Persons unknown (Mario Monicelli, 1958), a wonderful ensemble comedy about a group of hopeless thieves, with Totò, Marcello Mastroianni, Vittorio Gassman, and the first performance of Claudia Cardinale. An unsurpassed vision of an Italy moving towards the economic miracle.

Parodying the perennial traits of an Italy that has only partially succeeded in adjusting to the habits and lifestyles of post-war modernity, these type of comedies have lost none of their bite, nor their warm amusement at the petty foibles underlying society’s pretensions.

Pre-screening introduction and post-showing discussion in English, all welcome, free entry.

Italian film showing this evening – Bicycle Thieves – Ladri di biciclette

Italian flagWe are pleased to invite you to the next film of our Italy through its films series, featuring Bicycle Thieves – Ladri di biciclette.

We will be meeting in Lecture Theatre B at Avenue Campus at 6:15pm on Monday 29th October. All welcome! A brief description of the film by Adam Bingham states: “The film traces a voyage through Italy whose implicit postscript is that tomorrow and the next day ad infinitum the same camera could film the same streets and record similar stories featuring all-too similar people in identical situations; and in this at least, Ladri di biciclette is paradigmatic neorealism.” (Directory of World Cinema: Italy, edited by Louis Bayman, Intellect Books Ltd, 2012. ProQuest Ebook Central,
https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/soton-ebooks/detail.action?docID=1057951)

The 2019 eLearning Symposium – call for papers extended!

eLearning Symposium 2019
The Call for Papers for the 2019 eLearning Symposium has been extended! The new deadline will be 31st October 2018, with presenters to be notified of acceptance by 15th November.

For more information about this event, which will run on Friday 25th January 2019, please see the eLearning Symposium website and the eLearning Symposium Twitter account.

Italian film showing this evening – Rome Open City – Roma Città Aperta

Italian flagWe are pleased to invite you to the first film of our Italy through its films series, featuring Rome Open City – Roma Città Aperta.

We will be meeting in Lecture Theatre B at Avenue Campus at 6:15pm on Monday 15th October and there will be a short introduction by Louis Bayman followed by a discussion after the screening. All welcome!

We are attaching a critique to the film which we hope will serve as a useful glimpse into this masterpiece of Neoralism.

Italy through its films – launch event tonight!

Italian flagYou are cordially invited to the launch of Italy through its Films on Monday 8th October 2018, Avenue Campus, Lecture Theatre B, 6pm to 7pm for an overview of the screening programme and an introduction to how to understand film as art and as a creative glimpse into the society it comes from. All welcome, book your free ticket via Eventbrite!

Confucius Institute Open Day 2018

Confucius Day 2018On Wednesday 10th October the Confucius Institute is holding an open day in the Hartley Suite at Highfield Campus. The event will run from 5pm-7pm and with include Chinese music, cultural workshops and refreshments. There will be a jumble sale at SUSU selling Chinese-style accessories. This event is free – just turn up on the day!

There is more information on the downloadable event poster.