CO.AS.IT. Italian Australian culture series on line. Talk #7.

CO.AS.IT., in collaboration with the University of Melbourne and Dr Mark Nicholls, presents ITALIAN CINEMA FORUM 2020

Talk #1. THE LAST EMPEROR (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1987)
 
This talk may be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCW1_1Yat7A 
 
The Last Emperor (1987) is about an individual facing massive historical and political change and trying to find himself a place in a new world. A familiar theme for Bernardo Bertolucci, the fact that this individual is an emperor and modern China is the new world, suggests something quite contrary to what we expect from the celebrated European auteur. Part China study project, part essay on filmmaking practice, The Last Emperor represents a regeneration in the career of this controversial director and his constant struggle between the worlds of Freud and Marx.
 
Mark Nicholls is Senior Lecturer in Cinema Studies at the University of Melbourne where he has taught film since 1993. Mark has worked as a film journalist for ABC Radio and The Age and has a list of over twenty stage credits as a playwright, performer, producer and director.
 
ITALIAN CINEMA FORUM 2000
Following our successful classic Italian cinema workshops in 2019, we continue the discussion with a series of more recent classics. Dr Mark Nicholls will present introductions to six films for discussion this year. Our aim is to stimulate you to watch these wonderful films, again or for the first time, in preparation for the spirited conversations of our regular forum – as soon as it can begin.
 
Join Mark on-line for the introductions to this year’s films:
• The Last Emperor (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1987)
• Aprile (Nanni Moretti, 1998)
• Looking for Alibrandi (Kate Woods, 2000)
• Giorni (Laura Muscardin, 2001)
• Il Divo (Paolo Sorrentino, 2008)
• Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino, 2017)
 
The talks of the 2020 ITALIAN CINEMA FORUM (part of CO.AS.IT.’s Italian Australian culture series on line) will be published on CO.AS.IT.’s website, Facebook page and YouTube channel at roughly fortnightly intervals, starting in October and finishing in December 2020; as with the other talks of the series, they will remain accessible on these platforms. People in CO.AS.IT.’s mailing list will be notified of each talk as soon as it is published.
 
With the support of Multicultural Museums Victoria.
 
Image: A still from The Last Emperor (sourced from Internet).