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Lawrence D. Kritzman


Friday, April 24, 2015 - 3:00pm

Best Buy Theater (Northrop)

Cinecitta, the great movie studio built by Mussolini, became universally known as “Hollywood on the Tiber” and as Fellini’s second home. But in an interim period (1944-50) it served very different functions, quite unlike that of a dream factory. Under the Nazi occupation of Rome it was a transit camp for deportees, then following the liberation, it was transformed by the Allies into one of the largest refugee camps in Italy. Directed by Marco Bertozzi and based on groundbreaking research by Noa Steimatsky, Refugees in Cinecittà explores the fortunes of the Cinecitta camp and its inhabitants, unfolding a story hitherto untold in the chronicles of European reconstruction, and of film history.

Professor Noa Steimatsky will introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion.

Noa Steimatsky is Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on the use of landscape – natural, built, and ruined – in post-World War II European cinema, on the human face as privileged site of representation and, more broadly, on the figural, iconic efficacy of the moving image. Among her publications: Italian Locations: Reinhabiting the Past in Postwar Cinema (University of Minnesota Press 2008), "The Cinecittà Refugee Camp" (October) and “Incoherent Spasms and the Dignity of Signs” (in Opening Bazin, ed. Dudley Andrew). Her new book The Face of Film is forthcoming with Oxford University Press in 2015.

For more info and trailer:

Refugees in Cinecittà

Thomas Baldwin will talk on Friday April 3rd on the topic, "Proust in Theory (Barthes, Deleuze, Guattari)". The lecture will take place in 121 Folwell at 2:30 PM.

Thomas Baldwin is Reader in French at the University of Kent (UK), where he directs the MA in Modern French Studies and is co-director of the Centre for Modern European Literature. He is also the general editor of the Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature.

Thomas Baldwin's research interests are in nineteenth and twentieth century French literature, post-war literary and critical theory, and the relation between the literary and the visual (in painting and photography). He has published extensively on Marcel Proust, Roland Barthes, Gilles Deleuze, and Felix Guattari.

During his visit to Minnesota, Thomas Baldwin will also lead a workshop for faculty and graduate students on Anne F. Garréta’s La Décomposition. Garréta’s novel is a complex critical palimpsest of Marcel Proust’s A la recherche du temps perdu in the mode of detective fiction. The workshop will be held on Thursday, April 2nd from 11-12:30pm.

Thomas Baldwin Lecture


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