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Sunday, August 19 • 11:30am - 12:28pm
Vittorio De Sica's film - The Garden of the Finzi-Continis

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Location: R4

In his novel Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini, [The Garden of the Finzi-Continis], published in 1962, Jewish author Giorgio Bassani gives us a portrait of a tragic time for the Italian Jews, as lived by a group of young people coming of age in the city of Ferrara during the time of the Fascist racial laws. A few years later, Bassani’s novel was transformed by director Vittorio De Sica into an award-winning movie, a visually stunning portrayal of friendship, love and death in a setting reminiscent of the Garden of Eden. Both the novel and the film, portraying history through a personal story, represent key historical events for the Italian Jews (their adhesion to fascism, their reaction to the racial laws, their deportation to concentration camps) which I will discuss in my presentation.

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Daniela Cavallaro

Daniela Cavallaro is Senior Lecturer in the Italian Department of the University of Auckland, where she teaches advanced language and literature courses. She has published extensively on contemporary Italian fiction, drama and cinema. During a two-year period of volunteer work at... Read More →

Sunday August 19, 2012 11:30am - 12:28pm NZST