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Fri, November 20, 2020

18:30 – 19:30

Villa La Pietra
Via Bolognese, 120
50129 Florence, Italy

‘A singular modernity’ refers to the definition given by the Italian film critic Tullio Kezich, who emphasizes the originality and the modern quality of Federico Fellini’s work. This brief online symposium proposes three suggestions of research lines to explore the relevance of the masterpieces directed by Fellini and a critical perspective about his legacy in media history.

A monographic focus on Fellini will let all the viewers understand the myth-making of the director and his thought-provoking artistic work.

With Hat and Red Scarf. The Building of Federico Fellini’s Public Image 
Clizia Centorrino, Université Grenoble Alpes, France

Finding a Place for Visions. Fellini and the Subject of 8½
Paolo Grassini, Marist College, Italy

Fellini and Animation: Never-Ending Images
Marco Bellano, University of Padua, Italy

moderated by
Rossella Catanese and Larry Wolff, NYU Florence


If you would like to attend the live Zoom session, please send us
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you will receive the link to enter the session

Featured Biographies

Clizia Centrorrino


Clizia Centorrino holds a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from the University Grenoble Alpes, where she has been a teaching assistant. She is also a photographer and documentary filmmaker. Her research interests lie in Italian cinema, documentary, cinema and psychoanalysis, experimental and analogic cinema. She has published essays in multi-authored volumes and various articles in academic journals and has curated retrospectives of Italian and experimental cinema. She is co-editor of the last issue of the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies dedicated to Fellini.

Paolo Grassini


Paolo Grassini completed his Ph.D. in 2013 at DAMS (Università degli Studi di Firenze). He’s currently teaching ‘History of World Cinema’ at Marist College in Florence. He has been working as a Professor and lecturer for study abroad programs for American college students (Vanderbilt, University of Virginia, Brandeis, Dartmouth, and others). He has published articles and essays in several academic journals and is the author of the monograph Fellini 8½: la genesi del film (ETS, Pisa 2015).

Marco Bellano


Marco Bellano is an adjunct professor and research fellow in History of Animation at the University of Padua, Italy. He is the author of international publications about animation and film music. He received the 2014 Norman McLaren-Evelyn Lambart Award for the Best Scholarly Article from the SAS-Society for Animation Studies. He also graduated in Piano and Orchestral Conducting from the Conservatory of Vicenza. Among his books: Václav Trojan. Music Composition in Czech Animated Films (CRC Press, 2019) and Allegro non troppo. Bruno Bozzetto’s Animated Music (Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2021).

Rossella Catanese


Rossella Catanese is an Adjunct Professor of ‘History of Italian Cinema’ at NYU Florence and a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Udine. Her publications focus on film restoration, cinematheques, film history, experimental film, avant-garde, and media aesthetics. Her books have been published for such academic publishers as Bulzoni, Amsterdam University Press, and Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Larry Wolff


Larry Wolff is Julius Silver Professor of History, Executive Director of the NYU Remarque Institute, and Co-Director of NYU Florence. His books include Venice and the Slavs:  The Discovery of Dalmatia in the Age of Enlightenment (2001), Paolina’s Innocence: Child Abuse in Casanova’s Venice (2012), and The Singing Turk: Ottoman Power and Operatic Emotions on the European Stage from the Siege of Vienna to the Age of Napoleon (2016).  He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.