Contemporary #11: Franca Nuti and Gian Carlo Dettori on Giorgio Strehler


On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Giorgio Strehler’s death, actress Franca Nuti and actor Gian Carlo Dettori, who will talk about the great director’s career from their very particular point of view.

Curated and moderated by Monica Capuani.

Strehler founded the Piccolo Teatro (later also Teatro d’Europa) in 1947, with the help of the publisher Paolo Grassi, thus transforming an old cinema occupied by the nazi-fascist military police during WWII into one of the leading theatres of Europe, and indeed of the world. An important role in his education and career was played by his family roots: his father was Austrian, his mother Italian, his grandparents Slav, Viennese and French. They conversed in four languages.
During his first 20 years in Milan, Strehler directed 115 productions “with a revolutionary eclectic repertoire and relying on a team of actors without ‘stars’ devoted to performing in a fresh contemporary style” (James Kirkup). Among his greatest successes, Harlequin Servant of Two Masters by Goldoni and The Life of Galileo by Brecht.

Monday 29 January, 7pm
Health Without Borders – Epidemics in the Era of Globalization
Prof. Paolo Vineis

Chair of Environmental Epidemiology at Imperial College London, School of Public Health

in conversation with

Sir Michael Marmot, FBA, FMedSci, FRCP

Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London


Different trends in the world are now converging to create a suspense about what our future holds. Climate changes, mass migrations, wars, the economic crisis, the epidemics of obesity and diabetes and unprecedented environmental degradation can no longer be considered separate problems to be dealt with in isolation. Rather, these and other global threats to human health and well-being often share common causes. Professor Vineis will review evidence on the emergence of these multiple health threats, as well as discussing , together with Professor Marmot, their most likely causes. The presentation will summarize the content of the new book of Prof. Vineis.

Tuesday 30 January, 7.00pm
Dante as a poet and philosopher of love
With Alessandro Scafi (The Warburg Institute, University of London) and John Took (UCL)

Second encounter of the course designed to explore some of the leading ideas of Dante’s work and their continuing significance to us, dealing with Dante’s approach to love, philosophy, theology, language, literature, politics, mysticism, astrology, as well as his understanding of nature, grace and the afterlife, his sources and his relevance to contemporary existential concerns.

This session will explore the patterns of love-understanding in the Vita nova, the Fiore, the Rime, the Convivio and the Commedia.

Click here for the full programme of the cycle.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 7pm
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion by Elio Petri

Salon Italia – In Italian with English subtitles

Introduction and post screening discussion with Nick Walker

Cast: Gian Maria Volontè, Florinda Bolkan, Gianni Santuccio

1h 55’/1970 /Drama

A highly regarded Italian police inspector murders his mistress, only to become part of the homicide investigation that follows. The inspector proceeds to plant clues at the crime scene as his fellow officers either ignore or fail to recognize his obvious tampering. But all is not as it seems. While the killer may have an inside track on fabricating his own innocence, he also seems to be testing the competence and integrity of Italian law enforcement.

A cura di Katya Marletta


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