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Book Presentation | Acting Across Borders by Alberto Zambenedetti



Book Presentation | Acting Across Borders by Alberto Zambenedetti

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura is pleased to present a lecture on the latest work by Alberto Zambenedetti.


Acting Across Borders:
Mobility and Identity in Italian Cinema


Alberto Zambenedetti

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 | 6:30PM EST

Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto
496 Huron Street



Studying the careers of popular actors Amedeo Nazzari and Alberto Sordi, Acting Across Borders explores the question of how Italian cinema from the 1930s to 1980s has considered human mobility. Through close readings of a selection of films, Alberto Zambenedetti examines the concept of italianità (Italian-ness) as manifested in contexts related to migration, diaspora, exile, tourism, travel and their supporting infrastructures. In this wide-ranging study, the methodologies of Film Studies and the Mobilities Framework are combined to illuminate an undertheorised yet vital tradition in the history of the national cinema.


zambenedetti headshot alberto zambenedetti fromuoftwebsite croppedABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Alberto Zambenedett
i is Associate Professor in the Department of Italian Studies and the Cinema Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on the relationship between people and places, and on the different manifestations of identity politics in the Italian cinema. His monograph Acting Across Borders: Mobility and Identity in Italian Cinema (Edinburgh University Press, 2021), investigates how the national film industry has grappled with social and cultural anxieties related to human mobility over the last century. His edited volumes World Film Locations: Florence (Intellect Book, 2014) and Cleveland (Intellect Book, 2016) explore how the cinema has engaged with these cities both as locations and as g/local sites of film production and consumption. Alberto also co-edited two collections on Federico Fellini: Federico Fellini. Riprese, riletture, (re)visioni (Franco Cesati Editore, 2016); and Federico Fellini. Centenary Essays (University of Toronto Press, 2023). His scholarship has appeared in journals such as Annali d'Italianistica, Studies in European Cinema, Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, Short Film Studies, The Italianist, Quaderni d’Italianistica, The University of Toronto Quarterly, ACME, and Space and Culture. Alberto’s film criticism is posted on Gli Spietati ( He has curated the Italian editions of Home (Yann Arthus-Bertrand, 2009), It Seems to Hang On (Kevin Jerome Everson, 2015) and Dawson City: Frozen Time (Bill Morrison, 2016). Alberto also contributed essays to the home video releases of Fire at Sea (Gianfranco Rosi, 2016). Dawson City: Frozen Time (Bill Morrison, 2016), and Fellini’s Casanova (Federico Fellini, 1976 (2021)). He is currently working on a critical edition of Francesco Pasinetti’s unpublished scenarios and screenplays. Zambenedetti teaches a variety of courses in Italian cinema, on time and temporality in film, on film noir (particularly in the Mediterranean context), and on cities and urbanism in film.


Data: Mer 15 Feb 2023

Orario: Dalle 18:30 alle 20:30

Organizzato da : Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto

Ingresso : Libero


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