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We’re on a journey to Italy: two Italian films at the BFI

Join me in March at the National Film Theatre, London to see two outstanding Italian films which knock the stuffing out of most of modern cinema.

Introduction

leclisse

L’Eclisse
3 March 2014: 18.10
National Film Theatre, BFI Southbank London:
Passport to Cinema Programme

Dominic Power, Head of Screen Arts at the National Film and Television School, has invited me to provide an introduction to Antonioni’s L’Eclisse as  part of NFTS/NFT’s Passport to Cinema.  The film is often seen as part of a trilogy of L’Avventura (which won a Special Prize at the Cannes 1960 ‘For a new movie language and the beauty of its images‘); followed by La Notte(1961) and culminating in L’Eclisse (1962). All three starred Monica Vitti, who was Antonioni’s inspiration, muse and, for a while, his companion.  These films are more than fifty years old  so qualify as antiques. But apart from the cars and clothes (fashion photography cannibalised L’Avventura and unconsciously feeds off it still) the films feel mint new.

rome

Masterclass

ROME OPEN CITY
8 March 2014 13.00 – 17.00 (with breaks)
The Studio, National Film Theatre
BFI,  Southbank London

I am pleased to be invited by David Somerset, BFI Education Programmer/ Curator to hold a  masterclass on Rossellini’s ROME OPEN CITY .

A towering work which heralded Italian Neorealism. After nearly seventy years, Neorealism still inspires filmmakers. It is a strong seed that continues to find suitable soil somewhere in the world.

Tickets for both shows are available online from the BFI.

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Mamoun introduces Pasolini’s ‘Gospel according to Matthew’

Mamoun Hassan gave a brief introductory talk on the work of Pasolini at the matinee screening of the epic, Gospel according to Matthew’ at the the National Film Theatre in London yesterday to a full house.

The film is being shown as part of the British Film Institute’s month-long retrospective of the work of the Italian Neorealist poet and film director, Pier Paolo Pasolini.  The talk was introduced by David Somerset, Education Curator of the BFI.

We would like to thank David Somerset and the staff of the National Film Theatre in London for allowing us to share this introduction to Pasolini.

Following the screening, Mamoun attempted to buy a DVD of the film at the BFI shop but was disappointed, yet pleased to find it was sold out – much to the surprise of the staff – who have re-ordered stocks. Get them while you can!

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