Lecture to examine character ‘types’ in Italian cinema

Published 04 October 2010

poster“Spaghetti westerns”, “spaghetti slashers” and “sandal and sword movies” were popular cinema genres of the ’50s and ’60s that we can still recognise and enjoy today. They are now being re-evaluated as an important key to understanding contemporary Italian cinema – especially the popular character “types” that have survived to this day.

The President of the International Federation of Film Societies, Professor Paolo Minuto, will discuss these icons of Italian cinema in a public lecture at the University of New England on Thursday 7 October.

Professor Minuto’s lecture, titled “Genres and popular characters in contemporary Italian cinema”, will illustrate how and why these characters have survived as recognisable “types” that represent the contemporary Italian’s attitude to life. “Examples to illustrate this phenomenon will be analysed and shown during the lecture, and the emphasis will be on the films themselves, rather than on theoretical approaches to Italian cinema,” he said.

“Although modern Italian cinema has used dramatic realism in films such as Gomorra and Il divo, this is not a common tendency,” Professor Minuto explained. 

Professor Minuto, from University Dante Alighieri in Reggio Calabria, Italy, is guest speaker at the 2010 Italian Film Festival in Sydney and is touring Australia with a series of talks on contemporary Italian cinema.

His lecture at UNE on Thursday 7 October will present what he calls a “practical” approach to Italian cinema. It will be in Lecture Theatre 2 in UNE’s Arts Building at 11 am.  Every cinema lover is welcome. For further details please contact Annamaria Cavallaro on (02) 6773 2245 (e-mail: acavalla@un.edu.au).