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Leverhulme Lecture: Vito Zagarrio: Between Academia and Practice: Balancing a University Career with Film Production and Festival Organization plus: screening of Tre giorni d’anarchia (Three Days of Anarchy, 2005, Italy, Vito Zagarrio)

February 22, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

This lecture will take Prof. Zagarrio’s personal experience as a point of departure in order to try to elaborate a different model of combining theory and practice. Throughout his life, Prof. Zagarrio has sought to reconcile his desire to produce scripts, feature films and documentaries with his academic career. This dual approach has led to the conviction that first-hand experience of film practice is crucial if the scholar is to be able to effectively analyze a filmmaker’s work and, over time, this apparently ‘schizophrenic’ approach has developed into a special skill. Thus Prof. Zagarrio’s courses centre around the investigation of the work of individual directors, drawing on his own knowledge of directorial practice. This approach is further bolstered by his organizational activities, such as directing an audiovisual production center in Rome, running graduate professional labs, and runnings film festivals in both Rome and in Sicily.

Tre giorni d’anarchia. Is a historical drama documenting impact on a small Sicilian village of the power vacuum created by the arrival of the American army in July 1943. It was directed in 2005 and is Vito Zagarrio’s third feature film. It will be screened in a new restoration, in Italian with English subtitles.

Professor Zagarrio is one of Italy’s leading and most prolific film scholars, the author of a dozen monographs and the editor of over thirty edited collections, including books on Frank Capra and Francis Ford Coppola. He is a recognised expert on Italian cinema; film, history and the representation of Fascism; classical and contemporary Hollywood filmmakers; and film direction and the Italian film industry. He is also an established filmmaker with three feature-length films, nine medium-length/television fiction films and over three dozen documentary and compilation films to his credit. His directorial credits include La donna della luna (1987), Bonus Malus (1993) and Tre giorni d’anarchia (2006). He also has worked extensively in film festivals as founder and director of the ‘Costaiblea Film Festival’ in Sicily, the NYU/Stanford University ‘Italian identities Film Festival’ and the Roma 3 Film Festival, as well as a member of the scientific committee of the historic Pesaro Film Festival. He is currently Professor of Cinema and Television at University of Rome 3, and this term is a Visiting Professor at the University of Kent.

The event is co-sponsored by IGCCC and the Department of Italian. This lecture was made possible by the award of a Visiting Professorship to the University of Kent by the Leverhulme Trust.



February 22, 2018
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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