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Pirandello 150 Film Screening MA NON È UNA COSA SERIA with Michael Syrimis (Tulane University)
November 21 @ 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
Innis College Town Hall
Innis College, 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto
PIRANDELLO 150 (Click here to all the events)
MA NON È UNA COSA SERIA
Dir. Mario Camerini, 1937
Starring Vittorio De Sica, Elisa Cegani, Assia Noris
Italian with English Subtitles, Black and White, 79 min.
Michael Syrimis is Associate Professor of Italian at Tulane University. His research focuses on Italian cinema and literature as well as on the interaction between these two media at moments marked by radical shifts in twentieth-century Italian culture, such as the 1910s, ’30s, ’40s, and ’60s. He is particularly interested in the role played by film technology in the emergence of different strands of modernism at such key historical moments. His book, The Great Black Spider on Its Knock-Kneed Tripod: Reflections of Cinema in Early Twentieth-Century Italy, published in 2012 by the University of Toronto Press, studies the responses to the rise of cinema as mass entertainment in the 1910s by such influential literary figures as Gabriele D’Annunzio, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, and Luigi Pirandello.
Ma non è una cosa seria (But It’s Nothing Serious) is based on the eponymous Pirandello play. Vittorio De Sica plays a wealthy socialite who has to constantly fight off a horde of women who are eager to marry him because of his position and money. He weds a servant, who turns out to be a better partner that he had anticipated.