Cinematic Turin

Since its origins at the beginning of the last century, Italian cinema has developed a strong link between the representation of its national territory and the definition of its national identity. From the end of World War II onwards, Italy has witnessed a major urban development that has considerably modified the social and cultural life of its citizens — cinema has been able to capture and represent this transformation through a fascinating and complex combination of the real and the imagined.

During these presentations, we will look at some films set in some of the major Italian cities to examine how the vision of the urban spaces offered to the viewer represents a reflection of Italy and of its evolving cultural, social and political fabric. Each presentation will be dedicated to an individual city and will explore the related imagery through films beginning with the Fascist period through present times.


Cinematic Turin

Saturday, March 23, 2024

11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (CDT)

Presented in English  •  Live from Rome Via Zoom 

“Turin is a town that oozes with history, not the traditional one, but history as life experience, on the streets, on people’s faces, in the colors: it has put a mark on everything, an extraordinary thing for those who make cinema.” (Gianni Amelio, 1999)

The cinematic vocation of Turin has ancient roots — it is here that Italian cinema was born, making it the first capital of the Seventh Art. Turin is also one of the few cities in the world that has dedicated its city symbol, the Mole Antonelliana, specifically to cinema.

The great era of Turin cinema unfolded between 1910 and 1920, establishing itself for the excellence and abundance of its productions and the richness of cinematic offerings. It was here in 1913, that Giovanni Pastrone filmed Cabiria, achieving extraordinary success both in terms of audience and critical acclaim.

In this presentation, we will explore the close connection that exists between the city and cinema, a connection that stretches from Pastrone to Dario Argento, to the recent filming of Fast X, of the Fast & Furious franchise.

Since the beginning of its cinematic story, Turin has inspired a great variety of film genres and styles: from the 70’s and 80’s thrillers and crime movies to poignant narratives on immigration such as Così ridevano (The Way We Laughed ) – 1998, by Gianni Amelio, to cult youth films like Santa Maradona – 2001, by Marco Ponti or stories that are distinctly rooted in Turin such as Dopo mezzanotte (After Midnight) – 2004, directed by Davide Ferrario and set in the Mole Antonelliana at night.


Presented by Carolina Ciampaglia

Film scholar Carolina Ciampaglia teaches film studies and is the director of ItaliaIdea in Rome. She received her degree in modern languages and literature from the Università La Sapienza Roma, Laurea in 1984. She has also taught Italian cinema at both Cornell in Rome and DePaul University in Rome.


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