Public Life, Imaginary, and Identity in Contemporary Italian Film
Edited By Giancarlo Lombardi and Christian Uva
Cosetta Gaudenzi - Guido Chiesa and Postmodern Impegno
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Still capture from Io sono con te, by Guido Chiesa (Colorado Film Production - C.F.P., Magda Film, Rai Cinema)
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Guido Chiesa and Postmodern Impegno
Guido Chiesa’s cinematic work spans from the mid-1980s, beginning with the American shorts Give Me a Spell (1985) and Black Harvest (1986), to the second decade of the twentieth century including his most recent feature film Io sono con te (2010) and his monograph Manuale di regia cinematografica (2011). Chiesa’s corpus is significant to the project of Italian Political Cinema not only because of his biography – he was in his early years a member of the far left extra-parliamentary organisation Lotta continua – but also because his major works, released from the onset of the Second Republic, have displayed a distinct political impegno moving from a national-historical orientation to a global-existentialist one.1
Of Chiesa’s feature films, four seem most illustrative of the director’s political impegno and its development over time: Il caso Martello (1991), Il partigiano Johnny (2000), Lavorare con lentezza (2004), and Io sono con te (2010). The term impegno, in the sense of political, civic, or ethical commitment and engagement, has been associated in Italy with the historical period covering the late 1940s to the 1960s, when certain politicians, writers, film directors, and intellectuals shared a common civic and political project based on left ideological grounds. In the last two decades, film critics have observed...
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