Manuela Gieri (Università della Basilicata)
October 17 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Department of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto
The Italian Cultural Institute
The Goggio Chair in Italian Studies
in collaboration with
The Cinema Studies Institute at the University of Toronto
Film and Lecture Series
University College Media Theatre
PIRANDELLO 150 (Click here to all the events)
Dir. Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, 1998
Starring Antonio Albanese
Italian with English Subtitles, Colour, 99 min.
Tu ridi (You Laugh) is the second film based on short stories by Luigi Pirandello directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani. The film has two segments. In the first, Felice, a baritone who has had to give up his career because of a heart condition and now works as an accountant at the Opera, inexplicably spends his nights laughing in his sleep. In the second, two kidnappings in Sicily, the second of which took place a century before the present one, are compared.
Manuela Gieri is Associate Professor of Film History and Theory at the University of Basilicata, and she is the coordinator of the Master Degree in Modern and Classical Philology in the Department of Human Sciences. From 1989 to 2007, Prof. Gieri was Associate Professor of Italian and Film Studies at the University of Toronto. Her publication include Cinema. Dalle origini allo studio system (Carocci, 2009), Contemporary Italian Filmmaking: Strategies of Subversion. Pirandello, Fellini, Scola, and the Directors of the New Generation (University of Toronto Press, 1995), and La strada. Federico Fellini, Director (Rutgers, 1987). Professor Gieri has also published extensively in scholarly journals and edited volumes on Italian cinema, film history, Pirandello, and contemporary Italian women’s writing. Professor Gieri is presently working on the second volume of her film history, and she is co-editing a volume entitled Twentieth Century Italian Filmmakers.