Welcome to the Department of French and Italian at the University of Minnesota.
The Department offers undergraduate and graduate courses on the language,literature,
and culture of France, the broader Francophone world, and Italy. At all levels, our courses
are designed to provide the linguistic skills and to enhance the kind of critical thinking
needed to explore other cultures, other historical periods, and to discover what makes them
Cinecitta, the great movie studio built by Mussolini, became universally known as “Hollywood on the Tiber” and as Fellini’s second home. But in an interim period (1944-50) it served very different functions, quite unlike that of a dream factory. Under the Nazi occupation of Rome it was a transit camp for deportees, then following the liberation, it was transformed by the Allies into one of the largest refugee camps in Italy. Directed by Marco Bertozzi and based on groundbreaking research by Noa Steimatsky, Refugees in Cinecittà explores the fortunes of the Cinecitta camp and its inhabitants, unfolding a story hitherto untold in the chronicles of European reconstruction, and of film history.
Professor Noa Steimatsky will introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion.
Noa Steimatsky is Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on the use of landscape – natural, built, and ruined – in post-World War II European cinema, on the human face as privileged site of representation and, more broadly, on the figural, iconic efficacy of the moving image. Among her publications: Italian Locations: Reinhabiting the Past in Postwar Cinema (University of Minnesota Press 2008), "The Cinecittà Refugee Camp" (October) and “Incoherent Spasms and the Dignity of Signs” (in Opening Bazin, ed. Dudley Andrew). Her new book The Face of Film is forthcoming with Oxford University Press in 2015.
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