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*Rome, Open City: Examining the legacy after seventy years*

Thu, 12 Nov - Fri, 13 Nov '15

An international conference held at the Department of Film and Television
Studies, University of Warwick, 12-13 November, 2015

Organised by Louis Bayman, Stephen Gundle, Karl Schoonover

The release of Roberto Rossellini’s Rome, Open City in September 1945, just
months after the Liberation of Italy, is a landmark in both cinema and
Italian history. The film’s tale of popular resistance in Nazi-occupied
Rome brought Italy to international audiences. It announced a new
aesthetics of cinema - neorealism - that would have a global impact,
attracting attention and often controversy for its bold assertion of the
necessary relationship between art and politics. The film is a central
reference point for cinematic realism and aesthetic radicalism, influencing
movements from the French New Wave to Brazilian Cinema Novo, British social
realism and Dogme 95. It remains a key influence for contemporary
filmmakers as well as an important reference point in areas as diverse as
cultural geography, gender studies, performance, historiography, aesthetic
philosophy, and the study of war, fascism and torture.

Proposals are invited for papers that address the reasons for the film’s
unique legacy, and the continued attention it receives. Of key importance
will be the opportunity to foster new scholarly perspectives on the film
and to challenge how it is conventionally understood. The conference will
be linked to a special issue of the *Journal of Italian Cinema and Media

Send abstracts (300 words) by *09 July 2015 *to: [log in to unmask]

Papers will last twenty minutes and MUST be in English.

Topics may include, but are not limited to, *Rome, Open City *and:

---- History, film history and historical memory

---- Cinema and popular culture

---- Neorealism and global cinema

---- Critical culture and film theory

---- Style, theme and aesthetics

---- Representations of violence and the ethics of war

---- Location, urban studies and cultural geography

---- Stardom, performance and the body

---- Gender and sexuality

*Keynote speaker*: David Forgacs, Guido and Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò Chair
in Contemporary Italian Studies, New York University, USA

Additional confirmed speakers include:

Stella Bruzzi, University of Warwick, UK

Emiliano Morreale, Director of the Cineteca Nazionale, Rome, University of

Sergio Rigoletto, University of Oregon, USA

Vanessa Roghi, La Sapienza, Rome, Italy

Maurizio Viano, Wellesley College, USA

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Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the
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