Luchino Visconti : a lecture on his theatre and opera

A lecture on Visconti will be given by the Italian journalist and writer, Gaia Servadio, on Monday 30th June.

Luchino Visconti di Modrone was born in 1906 in Milan. He was a director and screenwriter, directing plays, films and opera, developing, with others, the movement of “Italian neo-realism” in the 40s and 50s. Although he is probably best known for his films Rocco and his Brothers (1960), The Leopard (1963) and Death In Venice (1971), his opera and theatre productions were lavish and highly acclaimed. He died on March 1976 in Rome.

We have numerous biographies of him here in the UL, including the biography written by Gaia Servadio in 1981 (415.c.98.232). There are also many works of criticism, some recently added to our collections as part of the Glynne Parker bequest (previously written about in our post about the journal Griffithiana) and the Schobert collection:

Books on Visconti in the Schobert Collection

Books on Visconti in the Schobert Collection

  • Luchino Visonti / Pio Baldelli (1973)
    CCC.56.466
  • Film de Luchino Visonti / Pio Baldelli (1965)
    CCC.56.445
  • Luchino Visconti : Fürst des Films / Laurence Schifano
    CCC.60.3

There is an interesting catalogue of an exhibition held in 2006 at the Museo nazionale del cinema in Turin (L’estetica dello sguardo : l’arte di Luchino Visconti / a cura di Alberto Barbera e Raffaella Isoardi – 2007.10.1321).

Italian Studies Library Group lecture poster - please click to see enlarged image

Italian Studies Library Group lecture poster – please click to see enlarged image

Also, we have the proceedings of conferences held in Milan and Turin that examine various aspects of Visconti’s work (415:2.c.200.940 & 415:3.c.200.1620)

Italian Collections at the UL, as a member of the Italian Studies Library Group, would like to invite anyone who is interested in Visconti to come along and hear Gaia Servadio speak at the Annual Italian Studies Library Group Lecture to be held at the British Library.

Bettina Rex

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