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Commedia dell’ Arte — Reprise

December 10-11

Two Italian filmmakers contrive contemporary, but very different, roles for two of the popular masked figures of Commedia dell’Arte. Io Arlecchino, while reviving the traditional character of
Harlequin, underscores the Commedia’s reliance on ensemble playing and comic technique, and its fondness for predictable scenarios. Bella e perduta, on the other hand, reworks the ancient symbol of Pulcinella to form a metaphysical statement about loss and decay. With special thanks to the New Italian Cinema Event, Florence, and the Italian Cultural Institute, Washington.

still from Bella e perduta
courtesy Grasshopper Film

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