february, 2016

5feb7:00 pm- 9:00 pmIl Corpo del DuceIn memory of Prof. Christopher DugganItalian Cultural Institute

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“Il Corpo del Duce” [The Body of the Duce] is a documentary about Benito Mussolini directed by Fabrizio Laurenti.
The film examines the near cult-like fascination that many Italians had with the fascist dictator – and how his body became a focus for the fixation. It literally follows the path of Mussolini’s corpse from a gas station on the square to an anonymous grave and eventually a tomb in Predappio, his birthplace in northern Italy, where thousands of supporters pay homage every year.

Introduced and followed by a discussion with Director Fabrizio Laurenti, Professor Stephen Gundle and Doctor Sofia Serenelli.

The event is organised in memory of Prof. Christopher Duggan, brilliant historian and author of many volumes of Italian history

Fabrizio Laurenti (Rome, 1956 ) is a film director, screenwriter and film producer. The Crawlers (as Martin Newlin, 1993), Witchery  (as Martin Newlin, 1988), Night voices (1995), The Room Next Door (1994).

Stephen Gundle is Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick. His most recent books are Death and Dolce Vita: the Dark Side of Rome in the 1950s (Canongate, 2011) and Mussolini’s Dream Factory: Film Stardom in Fascist Italy (Berghahn Books, 2013).

Sofia Serenelli currently holds a research fellowship at the British School at Rome. Between 2010 and 2013 she worked as teaching fellow at both the University of Reading and UCL.

[The film contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing]

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(Friday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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