From its sober neorealism to its compelling historical drama’s: classic Italian cinema left a mark on the history of cinema worldwide. Roberto Rossellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Liliana Cavani: in six lectures and film screenings we present you a small part of this incredible history…
“In the aftermath of the Second World War a new type of cinema arose that would change the world of film for good: Italian Neo Realism. Opposing fascism injected Hollywood the new maker didn’t stay in the studio but went out into the streets and showed the true Italy. Roberto Rossellini was the founder of this revolutionary movement.
In the 60’s the realism moved to the background. Modern city culture and visual aesthetics prevailed in the work of Michelangelo Antonioni whose films revealed the human soul. In the same period – but quite the opposite – the epic and poetic cinema of Pier Paolo Pasolini came out.
We close the series Italian Maestros in the 70’s with the intellectual yet provoking cinema of Liliana Cavani.”
- Steven Jacobs (BE) is an art historian specialized in the relations between film and the visual arts. He teaches modern and contemporary art at Ghent University and film history at the Department of Literature of the University of Antwerp.
He is (co-) author of a.o. The Wrong House: The Architecture of Alfred Hitchcock (2007), Framing Pictures: Film and the Visual Arts(2011), Screening Statues: Sculpture and Cinema (2017), en The City Symphony Phenomenon (2018).
At Roffa Mon Amour he will talk about Rossellini, Antonioni and Pasolini