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School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Italian Studies

Week Nine: Sicily

Week Nine: Sicily

Our trip to Sicily begins with a travelogue restored by the Italian National Cinema Museum, Sicilia Illustrata. We then watch the drama L'Orfanella di Messina, which was made after the terrible Messina earthquake of 1908. Comic relief is provided by Japanese Acrobats-a French film made by the Spanish cinematographer Segundo de Chomón, who later moved to Turin and directed many of the films in next week's programme, Imaginary Worlds.

Our feature tonight is I Mille (1912), a recent restoration by the Cineteca Italiana and a suitable way of celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Italian Unification. Despite the objections of his wealthy family and a Bourbon army officer, Corrado (Vitale De Stefano) is in love with a poor shepherdess, Rosalia (Mary Cléo Tarlarini). In case you wondered, finding a film set in rural Italy which doesn't involve a love story between an aristocrat and a shepherd(ess) is very difficult! Fortunately, Garibaldi's invasion of Sicily leads to the unification of both our couple and the Italian people.

This film programme will be shown from 7:30pm until 9:30pm on the 6th December 2011 at Durham Clayport Library, Millenium Place, Durham.