La commedia all’italiana
La Commedia all’italiana
Masolino d’Amico in conversation with Enrico Franceschini
Thursday 6 October, 6.30pm
A history of Italian comedy at its brightest time, from the immediate post-war period to the mid-seventies.
Through seven chapters, d’Amico retraces the most important steps of an escapist (on the surface) art form, which became a mirror of Italy and a tool to humorously portray its society after the heavy censorship and limitations of the fascist era. The commedia all’italiana is the autobiography of a people, describing the passions, dreams, needs, vices and virtues of an entire nation.In Masolino d’Amico’s book, next to the true icons – actors like Totò, Sordi, Gassman, Mastroianni, Tognazzi, Manfredi, directed by the masters Monicelli, Risi, Germi, Comencini, Scola – there is also room for stories and people, met by the author and often neglected by the critics, that have contributed to making Italian cinema great, transforming the gaze on the present into a cinematic genre capable of raising a smile out of the big little misfortunes and fortunes of Italian life.
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