Luca Caminati on Mamma Roma

Approx. Duration: 2 hour 15 minutes

TIFF Cinematheque - Retrospective

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Luca Caminati, Italian cinema scholar and Associate Professor of Film Studies at Concordia University, opens our retrospective Pier Paolo Pasolini: The Poet of Contamination with this discussion of Pasolini's representation of the urban landscape in Mamma Roma as exemplary of the director's cinematic pastiche, which deploys the painterly tradition as a critique of the industrial modernization process in late 1950s Italy.

Guest Biography

    • Luca Caminati
    • Dr. Luca Caminati is Associate Dean in the School of Graduate Studies, and Associate Professor of Film Studies in the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University. His area of research encompass post-war Italian cinema, with a specific interest in transnational and post-colonial approaches to auteur documentary, travel films, and hybrid non-fictions. He is the author of Cinema as Happening. Pasolini's Primitivism and the Sixties Italian Art Scene and Roberto Rossellini documentarista. Una cultura della realtà. In 2009, he was the recipient of the Paul Mellon/NEH Rome Prize, a residential fellowship awarded by the American Academy in Rome.

Luca Caminati on Mamma Roma

    • Mamma Roma
    • Pier Paolo Pasolini
    • Anna Magnani gives a tour-de-force performance as an ex-prostitute whose class aspirations and unconditional love for her no-good son lead to tragic results.