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An international conference organised by Nottingham Institute for Research in Visual Culture (NIRVC), 17-18 September 2005.


From the early days of filmmaking to the present, Rome has been both an important centre for film production, and a compelling location for cinematic narrative. The city as a cinematic subject inherits a rich tradition of literary, artistic, and architectural representations - an inheritance which has hardly been investigated. Whether capitalising on the unique spectacle of Ancient Roman remains, exploring the social conflicts arising from the imposition of modern urbanism on the city, or mythologising touristic encounters with the Eternal City, filmmakers have seized on Rome as a symbolically resonant setting. This conference aims to bring together historical and interpretative explorations of these complementary dimensions of the city's evolving cinematic identity. Proposals for papers are invited on any relevant topic. Papers which address the following themes would be particlarly welcome:

*       The city as mis-en-scène
*       Antique Rome as theme and narrative
*       Film under Fascism
*       Cinecittà - origins and development
*       Rome as a site of crisis and destabilisation
*       Tourism in film: cliché and critique
*       The postwar city as modern ruin and international playground

Keynote speakers:
Professor Maria Wyke (University of Reading), author of Projecting the past: ancient
 Rome, cinema, and history
Jacopo Benci (Assisant Director, Fine Art, British School at Rome).

For enquiries and proposals, please contact;
Richard Wrigley, NIRVC, Department of Art History, University of Nottingham [log in to unmask]
Tel. 0115 951318

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