Film Screening: Maciste In Hell

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American Italian Cultural Center says
Join us for the American Italian Cultural Center's first joint film and lecture series! On Wednesday July 27, the Center will host a screening of Maciste in Hell, a silent comedy made in 1926 and starring Bartolomeo Pagano, who took the character's name as his own stage name in a series of films. Michael Syrimis, Associate Professor of Italian at Tulane University, will introduce the film, and on the following night, Thursday July 28, Syrimis will connect Maciste in Hell to other comical portrayals of masculinity in different forms of Italian films produced much earlier, during the First World War. He will demonstrate that through the use of slapstick, cinema comments upon such diverse masculine traits as belligerence, supernatural strength, and ineptness. At the same time, slapstick portrays the body as mechanical, as a reflection of the war’s values of order, discipline, and uniformity.
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By: American Italian Cultural Center

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