Vol 56 No. 16 | Dec. 2004
Graziadio Center Presents Lecture by Pasquale Verdicchio
The George L. Graziadio Center for Italian Studies at CSULB will present a lecture by Pasquale Verdicchio, a professor in the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego, on Monday, Dec. 6, from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Anatol Center.
The title of Verdicchio's presentation is “Amelio's Time Machine: Film As Historical Memory,” and will discuss Gianni Amelio's "Lamerica" (1994), a film on Italian colonialism and foreign immigration. In analyzing the Albanian crisis and its socio-economic connections to Italy, Verdicchio will look at the film as a moment of relative history by which the director addresses a variety of issues, ranging from the uses of fiction to the depiction of historical circumstances.
Amelio was born in 1945 in Calabria and his cinematic reputation became truly established in 1990 with Open Doors , nominated for an Oscar for best foreign language film. Two years later with "The Stolen Children," he achieved international acclaim and won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. In 1998 "The Way We Laughed" brought Amelio the Gold Lion in Venice.
Born in Naples and raised in Canada, Verdicchio teaches Italian film, Italian literature, and creative writing. He has translated a number of books by Italian poets and intellectuals (Merini, Pasolini, Gramsci) in addition to publishing his own poetry. His scholarly work focuses on the cultural history of Italian colonialism and migrations.
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