When the Past was Present: an early representation of the deportation of the Jews of Rome

When the Past was Present: an early representation of the deportation of the Jews of Rome


February 01, 2023, 05:30 PM – 07:30 PM

When the Past was Present: an early representation of the deportation of the Jews of Rome

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Ruth Ben Ghiat (New York University), Alexander Stille (Columbia University), Raffaele Bedarida (Cooper Union), and Natalia Indrimi (Centro Primo Levi NY) will existing a scarce 1948 film and suggest some hypotheses on its heritage and manufacturing.

In conjunction with the activities structured by the Italian Consulate for the International Holocaust Remembrance Working day (Giorno della Memoria), this distinguished group of scholars will go over a minimal-acknowledged 1948 limited film, one of the earliest general public recollections of the deportation of the Jews of Rome, the exile, and the start of the Condition of Israel. A unique set of instances helps make the movie intriguingly enigmatic. It was directed by Romolo Marcellini, a star of colonial cinema who, soon after the war, uncovered his way into the movie market promoted by the American Place of work of Strategic Companies and aimed at portraying the rebirth of a nation. The script is by Luigi Barzini Jr., scion of a outstanding spouse and children that loomed big in the Italian press given that the Belle Epoque. Barzini Jr. graduated from Columbia College at a time when the institution’s leadership flirted with the Routine. He went on to be the correspondent of Corriere della Sera in Fascist Italy. His father, Luigi Barzini Sr., was a senator and remained on Mussolini’s facet throughout the Italian Social Republic starting to be director of Italy’s foremost push agency, Agenzia Stefani. Immediately after the war, Luigi Barzini Jr., with clearance from the Allied authorities, founded the push company Libera Stampa and continued his job as a screenwriter and 1 of the editors of the prestigious media team La Settimana Incom. 

The context that originated this movie is unfamiliar. Undoubtedly an individual guided the director and the writer by the current reminiscences of Roman Jews. Another person who realized effectively not only the story and the wounds, but the streets, the locations, and the religious rituals. A person who assisted mediate amongst the small Italian Jewish earth brutally betrayed by its own state and a new republic that reluctantly had to come to terms with the sight of its latest past. 

This party is structured in collaboration with Centro Primo Levi, New York.

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