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Introducing Italian Cinema + Happy as Lazzaro Screening

Sat 13 Apr, 11:00am at Cornerstone Room and Copper Auditorium

Tickets: £18 (£12 concessions) , approx running time: 11am-5pm

Age: 12A

At various times in film history, Italy has been at the centre of global cinema – both for arthouse films and popular entertainment. The high point of Italy’s film exports to the world came during the 1950s, 60s and into the 1970s before TV stole the Italian audience. Today few Italian films make it onto UK cinema screens – but when they do, they tend to be very special.

Join our lecturer Roy Stafford and find out all about the history of Italian cinema alongside a screening of Alice Rohrwacher’s new film Happy as Lazzaro (the ticket for the screening is included in the day’s activities)

11am: Which films do we think of as representing the best of Italian cinema? What has Italy given to film fans worldwide?

12.10pm: How did the Italian film industry recover after 1945? What made it so successful between 1955 and 1975? In particular, what is the legacy of neo-realism and melodrama and where does the sense of ‘wonder’ come from?

1pm Lunch (not included in ticket price)

2pm Happy as Lazzaro

4.20pm Discussion around the film and its relationship to earlier ideas about Italian Cinema

5pm Close