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Workshop: Antiquity in cinema: The first twenty years (1897-1916) / 1

Il Cinema Ritrovato festival continues its exploration of the irresistible fascination of Antiquity. This time not through the grand Italian features Quo Vadis? (1913) and Cabiria (1914), but through the earlier French and Italian examples that led to them and the ambitious and celebrated American ‘colossal’ Intolerance (1916) that borrowed from them. We will screen myth and history, Babylon, Greece and Rome, eroticism and death, and a cinematic world full of music, dance and art. Our workshop will ask why is the first ever antiquity film, from 1897, about Nero and why did the wicked emperor appear so often in early cinema? Why does antiquity become so spectacular and how does Intolerance mark a watershed in representations of the past? Do different nations produce different antiquities and how does cinema make antiquity modern? We would be delighted if you would join us in our discussions.

Ivo Blom (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Raffaele de Berti (Università degli Studi di Milano),
David Mayer (University of Manchester), Pantelis Michelakis (University of Bristol),
Jon Solomon (University of Illinois), Maria Wyke (University College London)
Free admission


Friday 01/07/2016
10:15 - 11:45 am