Screening the Classics: Italian Literary Canon and Cinema

Sep 08, 2017 363

When:Monday, October 16, 2017 From 6:00 pm To 7:30 pm - Where: Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven Street NW, Washington, DC 20008 - Entrance : Free

Since its beginnings, cinema has sought inspiration and legitimation in literature. Italian literature, in particular, has given cinema precious ideas, themes and stories. But cinema, in turn, has repaid its debt by disseminating the knowledge of canonical literary masterpieces amongst a wider popular audience. Thus, it is possible to outline a cinematic history of Italian literature. We are going to explore this history through great movies based on great literary classics: from Dante’s Divine Comedy to Boccaccio’s Decameron, from Collodi’s Pinocchio to Verga’s I Malavoglia; we are going to see how such books have been reread and renewed by filmmakers such as Woody Allen, Luchino Visconti, Federico Fellini, Steven Spielberg and others.

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