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

Common Admission Ticket: $5 Customers & College students: No cost

Ruth Ben Ghiat (New York University), Alexander Stille (Columbia College), Raffaele Bedarida (Cooper Union), and Natalia Indrimi (Centro Primo Levi NY) will current a scarce 1948 movie and suggest some hypotheses on its background and creation.

In conjunction with the functions organized by the Italian Consulate for the International Holocaust Remembrance Working day (Giorno della Memoria), this distinguished team of students will talk about a minor-known 1948 quick movie, just one of the earliest community recollections of the deportation of the Jews of Rome, the exile, and the birth of the State of Israel. A distinct set of instances helps make the movie intriguingly enigmatic. It was directed by Romolo Marcellini, a star of colonial cinema who, just after the war, observed his way into the film industry promoted by the American Business of Strategic Products and services and aimed at portraying the rebirth of a nation. The script is by Luigi Barzini Jr., scion of a prominent household that loomed substantial in the Italian press due to the fact the Belle Epoque. Barzini Jr. graduated from Columbia University at a time when the institution’s leadership flirted with the Regime. 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 aspect throughout the Italian Social Republic becoming director of Italy’s primary push company, Agenzia Stefani. Soon after the war, Luigi Barzini Jr., with clearance from the Allied authorities, founded the press company Libera Stampa and continued his vocation as a screenwriter and a single of the editors of the prestigious media group La Settimana Incom. 

The context that originated this movie is unfamiliar. Unquestionably anyone guided the director and the author as a result of the the latest recollections of Roman Jews. A person who knew effectively not only the tale and the wounds, but the streets, the areas, and the religious rituals. Anyone who assisted mediate among the smaller Italian Jewish earth brutally betrayed by its have place and a new republic that reluctantly experienced to arrive to phrases with the sight of its recent previous. 

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

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