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[Commlist] Conference: Guglielmo Giannini: Entertainment and Political Activism

Thu Nov 12 11:38:07 GMT 2020

*Guglielmo Giannini: Entertainment and Political Activism*

We are pleased to announce an international conference dedicated to Guglielmo Giannini, the Italian playwright and politician, which will take place on the 18-19th of November, 2020. The conference is organised by Deakin University in Melbourne and by the Department of Cultural and Environmental Heritage and the Department of Historical Studies at the State University of Milan. The conference explores the life and work of Guglielmo Giannini, an influential figure who was active between the end of the First World War and into the 1950s. We learn how Giannini moved effectively between the fields of entertainment and political activism, through the corpus of documents generously made available by the Giannini family and subsequently digitized by Deakin University.

The conference takes place in mixed mode, with some live sessions and others pre-recorded, available on the website

The conference includes a welcome from Sabina Ciuffini, granddaughter of Guglielmo Giannini, as well as a presentation of the Giannini digital archive by Victoria Duckett (Deakin University). This archive was created between 2014 and 2019, and is hosted on the Deakin portal (Guglielmo Giannini: A digital archive of theater, film, entertainment and political activism <>). It houses a fascinating collection of Giannini’s materials (over 12,000 pages including screenplays, film adaptations, political and personal writings), to which magazines, screenplays, articles, reviews and images have been added.

The conference will be live WEDNESDAY 18 November at 2.30- 6.30 pm (CET).
This first "live" session, coordinated by Irene Piazzoni, explores the political Giannini, founder of “Uomo qualunque” (the ‘Common man’ party). It includes a keynote presentation by Giovanni Orsina (Luiss, Rome) about *Giannini, la politica e la storia d’Italia* (Giannini, the politics and history of Italy). This is followed by contributions from the historians Giuseppe Parlato, Maurizio Cocco and Alberto Guasco.

The following two sessions (prerecorded) are dedicated to show business. The first, centered on the man of the theater, will open with a keynote lecture by Franco Perrelli (University of Bari) entitled *Guglielmo Giannini e il teatro agitprop liberale* (Guglielmo Giannini and liberal agitprop theatre). Subsequent interventions will focus on theatrical genres – in particular, on the detective story – with presentations by Stefano Locatelli, Mariagabriella Cambiaghi, Maria Pia Pagani, Paolo Quazzolo, Andrea Scappa and Paolo Caponi.

The following and final session sheds light on Giannini's film activity – as a magazine founder, critic, screenwriter, director – and on his relationship with American culture. Film historian Gian Piero Brunetta (Professor Emeritus of the University of Padua) will present a keynote entitled *Cinecittà, luogo di sogni e vie di fuga* (Cinecittà, a place of dreams and escape routes). This session will be followed by presentations from Elena Mosconi, Cristina Formenti, Raffaele De Berti, Mario Galeotti, Rinaldo Vignati and Luca Mazzei.

In conclusion, on THURSDAY November 19th at 2.30-6.30 pm (CET), there will be a live debate coordinated by Elena Dagrada and Victoria Duckett.

Access to the conference is free.
For information and to access the recorded content, write to: <(gianninig2020 /at/>

The zoom connections are as follows:

Wednesday 18 November – 14.30-18.30 CET
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Meeting ID: 986 0332 5275
Password: 188985

Thursday 19 November–14.30-18.30  CET
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Meeting ID: 964 7288 8856
Password: 926898

Guglielmo Giannini (1891-1960) was a master of several trades: an Italian journalist, playwright, screenwriter, theater director, film director and politician. He became known as a young playwright in the 1920s, establishing himself as an important figure of Italian theater in the 1930s and 1940s, and is celebrated for his contribution to the development of the noir, thriller and romantic comedy genres. Founder and director of the film magazine *Kines*, Giannini was also active in the Italian silent film industry, providing the translation for the national audience of titles and captions of foreign films. In the 1930s and 1940s some of his most famous theatrical works were adapted for the big screen, such as *Anonima Fratelli Roylott*, directed by Raffaello Matarazzo in 1936 and *Grattacieli* (directed by Guglielmo Giannini in 1943). With the creation of the weekly *L’uomo qualunque* ("The ordinary man"), Giannini founded and promoted "qualunquismo" as a political movement. Thanks to the 5.3% obtained in the 1946 elections, he became a member of the Constituent Assembly, which had the task of drafting the constitution of the then newly born Italian Republic. Later, Giannini was again a protagonist, both on radio and on television. He was an author, performer and political figure; remaining a leading exponent of the Italian cultural scene until his death in 1960. He is remembered for his interdisciplinary and transmedia production and for his tireless critical activity.

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