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Abroad: Re-Thinking National Cinema Through Italian Mobility

Abroad: Re-Thinking National Cinema Through Italian Mobility
100 St. Joseph Street, Carr Hall 404
Time: Jan 21st, 4:00 pm End: Jan 21st, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Italian Studies (FAS), Cinema, Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Art (FAS), 2000-
Lecture by Dr. Alberto Zambenedetti, Oberlin College, Ohio

Prof. Salvatore Bancheri, Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies, University of Toronto, cordially invites you to a public lecture


Alberto Zambenedetti, Oberlin College, Ohio

Abroad: Re-Thinking National Cinema Through Italian Mobility

How does human mobility affect a national cinema's historical narrative? What can we learn by examining how the Italian film industry has engaged with the phenomena of diaspora, displacement, exile, and travel? Through a close reading of Harlem Knockout! (Carmine Gallone, 1943), Professor Zambenedetti will argue that the relative genre instability created by setting a film abroad reveals the rhyzomatic nature of the Italian national cinema, opening up investigative avenues that pull, stretch, test, and ultimately redefine how we approach not only its aesthetic history but also its industrial practices, affording a sharper focus on issues of race, gender, and class.


Alberto Zambenedetti is Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies and Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Oberlin College. He is the editor of World Film Locations Florence (2014), World Film Locations Cleveland (2016), and the co-editor of Federico Fellini: Riprese, riletture, (re)visioni (2015).

This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For further information, please contact the Department of Italian Studies at (416) 926-2345.

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