The role and function of the Italian language in the Italian cinema

"Cinema is also made of words" (Sergio Raffaelli)

As part of the celebrations for the 17th Week of the Italian Language in the World (Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel Mondo), the Australian National University Library is very pleased to present Honorary Senior Lecturer in Film & New Media, Dr Gino Moliterno, discussing this year’s theme: Italian at the cinema, Italian in the cinema (L'italiano al cinema, l'italiano nel cinema). Dr Moliterno will explore the role of language in the Italian cinema, from the early days of silent films, through the censorship of the fascist era, the post war period and into the modern day.

Dr Gino Moliterno was born in Italy and grew up in Sydney. His interests range widely across literature and cinema. After teaching Italian language and culture at the University of Sydney, the University of Auckland, and the University of Wollongong, Gino joined the Department of Modern European Languages at the Australian National University. At ANU Gino was for many years the convenor of the Italian Studies Program, and in the mid-1990s he helped to establish the Film Studies Program and lectured on Film and New Media until he retired in December 2016. Gino has written extensively in the fields of comparative literature, film studies and Italian studies.

For those who are interested in exploring Italian cinema further, Dr Moliterno and ANU Library have created a research guide that lists resources available in the ANU Library collection on the history of Italian cinema and the use of Italian language in cinema from 1895 to the present day, including selected films.

Light Italian refreshments will be served after the lecture.