Mamma Roma

One of Pasolini’s earlier works, the often overlooked Mamma Roma has been described as being filmed ‘in the great tradition of Italian neorealism’, and offering ‘an unflinching look at the struggle for survival in postwar Italy.’ (Read more on The Criterion Collection website).

The film also stars one of the greatest Italian divas, Anna Magnani, as Mamma Roma – a middle-aged prostitute who struggles to overcome her past for the sake of her son, Ettore. As in many of his earliest movies (and the novels which preceded them), Pasolini explores the limited lives and dashed hopes of the cafoni, the Italian equivalent of America’s hillbillies. (Synopsis based on Rotten Tomatoes).

As usual, the screening will be followed by a group discussion over wine and nibbles.

When5-8pm, Wednesday 25th October

Where: Seminar room 1, Botany House

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Photos from our Film Aesthetics workshop

Thank you to everyone who attended our last event of the (academic) year, Film Aesthetics: Bowie, Berkeley, Beckett.

Below you can find a few photos from the event:

We’d also like to thank all of those who participated in the film club over the last six months – it wouldn’t have existed without you!

We’ll be back in September with a very special screening to kick off the next academic year. Watch this space!

Do The Right Thing

A Scalarama screening and launch of Leeds Cineforum (previously The Arts PGR Film Club). We present Do The Right Thing by Spike Lee – a movie as potent today as it was in 1989.

The Oscar-nominated film centers around the racial tension in a Brooklyn neighbourhood, bubbling just beneath the surface, which finally explodes on the hottest day of the year.

Suitable for ages 15 and above. (Contains instances of racism and violence, scenes of a sexual nature, and strong language including racial slurs.)

When? 6-8pm, Wed 27th September

Where? Wharf Chambers, 23-25 Wharf Street, Leeds LS2 7EQ

Price? Free!

Film Aesthetics Workshop: Bowie, Berkeley, Beckett

Since it is our last event of the year, we’ve decided to do something special.

Join us in the LHRI from 5pm on the 21st of June for a screening of Samuel Beckett’s Film (1965) and a workshop on David Bowie, Bishop Berkely, Buster Keaton and, of course, Samuel Beckett.



Speakers will include Diane Morgan (Lecturer, School of Fine Art, History and Cultural Studies), Jivitesh Vashist (PhD researcher, School of English) and Laurence Carr (PGR, Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures).
The event will be followed by a wine reception.

The workshop programme is as follows:

5pm Arrival and introductory comments

5:15pm Jivitesh Vashisht, Beckett, Berkeley and the Silent Film

5:30pm Screening of Samuel Beckett’s Film (Alan Schneider, 1965)

6pm Diane Morgan, Mortality, Materiality and Modernist
Aesthetics: Beckett, Tarr and Bowie

6:20pm Laurence Carr, Buster Keaton’s Silent Film Career: An
Examination of the role of sound in Film (1965)

6:35pm Roundtable and discussion

7pm Wine reception

The Consequences of Love

For our next screening, the Italian Department’s Rachel Johnson will present Paolo Sorretino’s The Consequences of Love (2004).

The film contains one of the most important cinematic trios in Italian film – one which will continue to work together films from Il Divo (2008) to The Great Beauty (2013) and Youth (2016) – director Paolo Sorrentino, cinematographer Luca Bigazzi, and lead actor Toni Servillo.

This is how Sight and Sound described The Consequences of Love when naming it its film of the month: ‘Just as an exercise in style, Consequences would be exceptional, but in its second half, as events gather momentum, it creates a compelling sense of existential vertigo, like a fatal fall captured in the most deliberate slow-motion.’

As usual, the screening will be followed by a group discussion over wine and nibbles.

When: 6-9pm, Wednesday 31st May

Where: Seminar room 1, LHRI

The Last Days of Disco

Our next screening will take place next week, when the Centre for World Cinema and Digital Culture’s Michael Samuel will present Whit Stillman’s The Last Days of Disco.

Stillman’s tribute to a bygone age, The Last Days of Disco has  been described as a ‘a thoughtful study of decency and sin, loyalty and sex, friendship and socioeconomics’ (Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly).

As usual, the screening will be followed by a group discussion over wine and nibbles.

When: 6-9pm, Wednesday 3rd May

Where: Seminar room 1, LHRI

Special screening: Süskind

We’re pleased to announce that we’re collaborating with the Transnational Holocaust Memory research network to host a special screening on Wednesday the 26th of April.

Laurie Slegtenhorst, a visting PhD student from the University of Rotterdam, will present Süskind by Rudolf van den Berg (Dutch/German, 2012).

Laurie’s presentation will explore questions of Holocaust memory, and how these are addressed in contemporary cinema. In particular, she will be focusing on the figure of the hero and its connection to national identity.

When: 5-8pm, Wednesday 26th of April

Where: LHRI seminar room 1

 This event is supported by the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures.

We hope to see you there.