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School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Italian Studies

Week Three: Venice and Friuli-Venezia-Giulia

Week Three: Venice and Friuli-Venezia-Giulia

Our first film, Santa Lucia (1910) is a beautiful, coloured film of an island in the Venetian lagoon.
Our second film, La Guerra D'Italia a 3000 metri sull'Adamello (1916) takes us into the Dolomites where the Italians fought World War One from the snow-covered mountains against determined opposition. We then return to Venice for a series of very short films made in 1896–1898, the first filmed images of Venice. Ernesto Vaser's surreal comedy Shrapnel Duel (1913) completes our programme of short films.

Tonight's feature is Il Fornaretto di Venezia (1923), a drama set in the Venetian Republic during the Renaissance. A young baker, (Alberto Collo), helps a dying man and is accused of his murder. The innocent baker is tortured and tried for murder by Venice's rulers, the Council of Ten. Will the uncovering of the real murderer save our hero from the death penalty or will the Venetian nobles succeed in hiding their secrets? Il Fornaretto di Venezia was one of the most popular Italian films of the twenties, and was screened continuously until the arrival of sound. It is an excellent introduction to the work of Mario Almirante, one of the greatest directors in Italian silent cinema and the husband of Itala Almirante-Manzini, star of Cabiria.

This film programme is accompanied by  our pianist George Hetherington and will be shown from 7:30pm until 9:30pm on the 25th October 2011 at Durham Clayport Library, Millenium Place, Durham