Humanities Institute

The Biopic, Spectacle, and Counter History

A talk by Professor Marcia Landy

Fri, March 29, 2013 | MEZ 1.306

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Biopic, Spectacle, and Counter History

Marcia Landy discusses the uses of autobiography and biography as fabulation in contemporary Italian cinema in her talk, “The Biopic, Spectacle, and Counter History,” to reconsider the employment of invention and documentation in the formal and conceptual treatment of history.

Marcia Landy is Distinguished Professor in English and Film Studies with a Secondary appointment in the French and Italian Department at the University of Pittsburgh. Her books include Fascism in Film: The Italian Commercial Cinema 1931-1943 (1986); British Genres: Cinema and Society, 1930-1960 (1991); Imitations of Life: A Reader on Film and Television Melodrama (1991); Film Politics, and Gramsci (1994); Queen Christina (1995): Cinematic Uses of the Past (1996); The Folklore of Consensus: Theatricality in Italian Cinema (1998); Italian Film (2000) The Historical Film History and Memory in Media (2000); Stars: The Film Reader  (2004); Monty Python’s Flying Circus (2005, translated into Japanese in (2007), and Stardom Italian Style,  Screen Performance and Personality in Italian Cinema (2008).  She is contracted to Indiana University Press for Cinema and Counter History. Her essays have appeared in Screen, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, boundary 2, Post Script, Rethinking Marxism, Cinema Journal and in many anthologies. She serves on the editorial boards of boundary 2, Italian Culture, Italian Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Intensities, and Arena Romanistica.

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