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The Eternal Set: a Cinematic Journey through Rome



The Eternal Set: a Cinematic Journey through Rome

NEW! A series of four weekly lectures at the IIC presented in English by Dr Matteo Dutto (Monash University, School of Media, Film and Journalism).  



From the early days of silent cinema, Rome, the Eternal City, has been the capital of Italian filmmaking and the set of countless memorable films. A city permeated with a romanticism and realism that continues to capture the imagination of Italian and International filmmakers, Rome has transcended its role of setting to establish itself as the main character in many diverse and fascinating stories.

Over the course of four lectures, we will explore the history and different souls of Rome through the eyes of Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio de Sica, Michelangelo Antonioni, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Federico Fellini and many other Italian and International maestri. Moving across Rome’s unique fusion of ancient and modern, sacred and profane, we will take a dip into the Trevi Fountain with Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg, walk along the streets of the modernist district of EUR alongside Monica Vitti and Alain Delon and explore, with poet and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini, life in the borgate, the shanty towns at the outskirts of the glamorous city centre.

Step onto the set and join us on a cinematic journey that will have you looking at the Eternal City with new eyes and learning more about its multifaceted and rich history.

Cost: $100 for four sessions /Single session: $30; IIC Members: 10% discount

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm


Lecture 1 - Tuesday 27 February 2018

Of Monuments and Men: From Silent Cinema to Neo-Realism

Lecture 2 - Tuesday 6 March 2018

Suspended between dream and reality: Fellini’s Rome

Lecture 3 - Tuesday 13 March 2018

The many faces of the metropolis: Rome in the cinema of Pier Paolo Pasolini and Michelangelo Antonioni

Lecture 4 - Tuesday 20 March 2018

Rome in Contemporary Italian Cinema and Television








Dr Matteo Dutto is a Teaching Associate and Research Assistant in Film and Screen Studies at Monash University, where he completed his PhD in 2017. His research bridges the fields of Screen Studies, Indigenous Media and Cultural Anthropology. His latest project revolves around cross-cultural encounters between Italian cultural producers and Australian Indigenous activists and communities. His work has been published in Studies in Documentary Film and Fulgor and he recently collaborated to the production of the Australian Indigenous Film and Television Digital Bibliography.


Data: da Mar 27 Feb 2018 a Mar 20 Mar 2018

Orario: Dalle 18:30 alle 20:00

Organizzato da : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Ingresso : a pagamento


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