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How Ettore Scola’s films present Italy

A poster of the 1977 film Una giornata particolare (A Strange Day), directed by Ettore Scola.A poster of the 1977 film Una giornata particolare (A Strange Day), directed by Ettore Scola.

The representation of Italy through the filmography of one of the greatest directors of Italian comedy – Ettore Scola – is the theme of a talk to be held today at the Italian Institute of Culture, St George’s Square, Valletta.

The speaker, Antonio Catolfi, will focus on the relationship between film narrative and the use of Italian urban spaces chosen by the director.

During the talk, entitled ‘Italy as told by Ettore Scola’, particular attention will be given to locations used in films such as We Had So Beloved (1974), A Strange Day (1977), Ugly, Dirty and Bad (1976) and Romance of a Young Poor (1995), both in relation to the cinematic narrative and to the linguistic and metallurgical aspects.

Catolfi is an associate professor of cinema, photography, television and digital media at the University for Foreigners in Perugia.

The talk, which will be conducted in Italian, will take place today at 6.30pm at the Italian Institute of Culture, St George’s Square, Valletta. Admission is free. The talk forms part of a programme of activities organised by the Italian Embassy and the institute to mark the 17th edition of the Week of Italian Language in the World. For more information, call the Institute on 2122 1462.

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