Goggio Event: Lola Colt: Faccia a faccia con El Diablo (1967) Screening and Panel Discussion
February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The event to be held on February 27, 2020 at Innis Town Hall will consist of a screening of the 35mm print of Lola Colt: Faccia a faccia con El Diablo (1967), a spaghetti western directed by Siro Marcellini, which is held in the University’s Mastrangelo Collection, and a panel discussion on the film and its star, African-American singer, dancer, and actress Lola Falana. The panelists will include: Jessica L. Harris (Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Allegheny College), Jessica Whitehead (Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto), Kwanda Ford (PhD Candidate, Cinema and Media Studies, UCLA), and Christina Stewart (Assistant Media Archivist, University of Toronto). The event is being held in conjunction with Black History Month.
Lola Colt is a unique film in that it puts two categories typically on the fringes of the Western genre (both American and Italian), gender and race, at the front and center of the narrative. These two elements combine to produce the film’s protagonist, Lola Gaye, played by Falana. As such, the film offers the audience insight into perceptions and understandings of blackness, and its intersection with gender, in late 1960s Italy, including the persistence of Fascist racial discourse, and (African) American cultural imperialism after the Second World War. The panel discussion will explore these issues as well as how they manifest themselves in contemporary Italian society, culture, and politics. Furthermore, it will provide information on the Mastrangelo Collection and the transnational transmission of Italian culture through films.