Monday, Oct 5th 6:30 PM Running time: 117 minutes In Italian with English subtitles Watch trailer
Followed by a Public Lecture by Prof. Alessia Ricciardi Friday, October 9th 2:30 - 5:00 PM University of Minnesota, Nicholson 135
Red Desert: Woman as a Form of Life
This lecture focuses on the strategic role assigned to the character of Giuliana, who is played by Monica Vitti, in Michelangelo Antonioni’s landmark film, Red Desert (1964). Confronted by the signs of ecological crisis and unsettling technological change in the film’s setting of Ravenna, Giuliana undertakes a search for new ethical alternatives to the prevailing ways of thinking and being. We will assess her responses to her predicament with the help of the poet Anne Carson’s brilliant lyrical engagements with Antonioni’s masterpiece.
Alessia Ricciardi is a Professor in the French and Italian Department and the Comparative Literary Studies Program at Northwestern University.
These events have been made possible by the generous support of the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul, the Department of French and Italian, the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, and the MIMS graduate group.