Public Life, Imaginary, and Identity in Contemporary Italian Film
Edited By Giancarlo Lombardi and Christian Uva
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Still capture from Draquila: L’Italia che trema, by Sabina Guzzanti (Secol Superbo e Sciocco Produzioni S.r.l., Gruppo Ambra S.r.l., ALBA Produzioni, Bim Distribuzione)
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Sabina Guzzanti: Transmediating cinema politico
Sabina Guzzanti is a satirist, blogger, television personality, author, activist, film-maker, and producer. Her protean activism has eluded attempts by media mogul/sometime Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, the Vatican, and other less visible interests to censor, and even ‘disappear’, her work. Each new attack, in fact, has become an opportunity. When her satirical television show R[A]IOT: Armi di distrazione di massa was cancelled after only one episode and Berlusconi’s Mediaset Corporation sued the RAI network for €20 million (for insulting the Prime Minister), Guzzanti decided to make a documentary investigating the people and interests behind the cancellation of her own show and exposing the mechanisms of censorship that were stifling Italian media more generally.
Overlapping with the making of Viva Zapatero! (2005), Guzzanti also created a second, theatrical episode of R[A]IOT (featuring among others, Nobel Prize-winning playwright Dario Fo and political humourist, blogger, political activist Beppe Grillo), which was performed live before an overflow audience at the Auditorium in Rome. Thousands more watched the show on a giant screen outside the Auditorium. They, in turn, were seen by thousands watching on small independent television stations and in Internet theatres. The film Viva Zapatero! includes footage of this R[A...
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