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Ciné-Histoire presents: Una giornata particulare (with French subtitles)







65 and up
Young adults

Type of activity

Cinéma du Musée


In Person
Thursday February 22, 2024 at 06:30 pm

Original Italian version with French subtitles.

Rome, May 4, 1938. Thrilled by Hitler's visit to Rome, organized by Mussolini, the residents of a block of apartments leave their apartments to watch the parade in the capital. The only people left in the building for the day are a housewife and an unemployed journalist, under the suspicious gaze of the concierge.


The screening will be followed by a discussion with Pascal Bastien, Professor of History at UQAM, and Frédéric Charbonneau, Professor of Literary History at McGill University.


"Cities, like dreams, are made up of desires and fears." - Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities (1972)

Rome and the cinema have a long-standing love affair.

Along with Paris and New York, the Italian capital is undoubtedly one of the most filmed cities in the history of cinema, served up by both Italian and foreign directors in search of grandiose architecture and postcard settings. Roman majesty has long been characterized by carefree romanticism.

The history of Rome, on the other hand, is less light-hearted, for it is the history of power, ambition and revenge. In the shadow of art and monuments, knives are sharpened and plots are hatched. In the 19th century, Italian opera said no different; in the 20th century, historical cinema feeds on the same dramas.

From the outset, it was undoubtedly the peplum that most vividly recounted Roman history; it was certainly the genre that fired the imagination of producers and audiences in the 1950s and 1960s. But then you have to delve into the extraordinary creativity of Italian cinema, where there are countless genius filmmakers and masterpieces of world cinema, to discover powerful, skilful, combative and polemical historical films, particularly when built around highly focused events or contexts.
Conceived in collaboration with the Instituto Italiano di Cultura di Montreal, this program proposes a journey through history, using Rome as a guideline, from the height of the Empire in Antiquity to the political violence of the Years of Lead (1968-1982). We'll sometimes be carried along by realistic narratives, born of meticulous observation of everyday life; or astonished by fragmented structures that juggle, in front of the spectator, between sobriety and excess, between verisimilitude and fiction... whereas in Rome, faced with history, excess is often on the side of verisimilitude.

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