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How Hollywood looks at Communism | CINEREVOLUTION17

17 November 2017

Curated by Giovanni Spagnoletti

November 20th, 2017 from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm
La Galleria Nazionale, viale delle Belle Arti 131, Rome
Free entrance

Programme of symposium:

9.30 am ‚Äď Introduction
Silvio Pons, Raffaella Frascarelli, Vincenzo Vita
10.00 am
Chair Giovanni Spagnoletti (University of Rome Tor Vergata)
Giaime Alonge (University of Turin)
When Jack met Louise. Reds between romantic comedy and historical film
Maurizio Zinni (Roma Tre University)
Communists on Mars, science fiction movie and the Revolution
Vito Zagarrio (Roma Tre University)
Red dawns of Hollywood: from Capra to Milius
Ermanno Taviani (University of Catania)
Cinema about the Revolution, international communism, socialist unrealism
Giulia Fanara (Sapienza University of Rome)
Tales of deceits and passions: heroines from Sovietic Russia in Great Hollywood cinema
Stefano Pisu (University of Cagliari)
Russian Revolution in movies from Second Stalinism to 80s
Giovanni Spagnoletti - Conclusion
2.30 pm
Screening of the Eisenstein's Mexican film in Jay Leyda's version (excerpts)
Introduction by Marie Rebecchi and Elena Vogman
Readings by Giovanna Bozzolo

This second symposium from the cycle The project and the forms of political cinema one hundred years after the October Revolution will focus on the role of Hollywood on Communism. It will highlight how American cinema, since 30s, has interpreted in various cinematographic forms the theme of Revolution and Communism and how historians have used the collective imagination produced by cinema and other visual media to reconstruct crucial turning points of the last century, such as the Bolshevik Revolution and what came after it.

At the end of the event La Galleria Nazionale will host the screening of Jay Leyda's philological version of Eisenstein's Mexican film Que viva Mexico! (1931) from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA, New York) and The National Film Foundation of Russian Federation (Gosfilmofond). The screening will be enriched by the actress Giovanna Bozzolo who will read some quotes\excerpts from Eisenstein's Mexican diaries, selected and translated in Italian by Marie Rebecchi and Elena Vogman.

Hollywood looks at Communism is part of The project and the forms of political cinema one hundred years after the October Revolution, curated by Pietro Montani and Giovanni Spagnoletti
A project by: Fondazione Archivio Audiovisivo Movimento Operaio e Democratico (AAMOD), Fondazione Istituto Gramsci
In collaboration with: Casa del Cinema, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia - Cineteca Nazionale, La Galleria Nazionale, Nomas Foundation
With the patronage of: Sapienza University of Rome - Philosophy and Art History and Performing Arts departments, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Roma Tre University - Philosophy, Communication and Performing Arts departments