Monday, 1 February 2010



The European Studies Research Students Seminar is glad to invite you to the screening of:

### Accattone ("The Procurer") - by Pier Paolo Pasolini (1961)
### Original Italian version with English subtitles

### Monday, 22. February 2010, 5pm
### Room FS2, Film Studies Department, Strand Campus


### La classe operaia va in paradiso ("The working class goes to heaven") - by Elio Petri (1971) ### Original Italian version with English subtitles

### Monday, 22. March 2010, 5pm
### Room FS2, Film Studies Department, Strand Campus

All welcome!

Please forward to interested people.



Pasolini's first movie delves into the grey areas of the Italian "economic miracle" of the Fifties-Sixties. The pimp Vittorio Accattone has never worked a day in his life...

Our new 2010 Film Series, "Italian Cinema at Work", aims to present a brief overview of how Italian Cinema has approached an important but too often neglected theme: work.

"Italian Cinema at Work" will thus try to show the way in which Italian film-makers have represented the thematic of work and labour from World War II to the present.

The series will be organised in three parts.

The first part will look at how Neo-realism investigated post-WWII Italian society, characterised by reconstruction, capitalistic economic development and the imposition of wage labour discipline (e.g. De Sica's "Ladri di Biciclette", 1948).

The second part will focus on Fordism and factory work, underlying how this affected the physical and mental conditions of the labour force and emphasising workers' militant response during the cycle of struggles of the sixties and seventies (e.g. Petri's "La classe operaia va in paradiso", 1971).

Finally, the third part will analyse how the working process has changed in recent decades, giving rise to the fragmentation and precarisation of labour and to new forms of protest, such as the experience of the workers of the call centre "Atesia" in the periphery of Rome (Celestini's "Parole Sante", 2007).

The transition from one period to the next will be carried out though an ‘intermezzo - movie’, where everyday difficulties are approached with irony (e.g. by the character interpreted by Paolo Villaggio in"Fantozzi", 1975), nevertheless maintaining an underlying critical attitude.

The movies will be screened every two weeks in original Italian version with English subtitles.

Due to the difficulties in finding English subtitles for all the movies, the program is likely subjected to change – we will however
do our best to maintain the original aim of the series intact.

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