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"Ipersignificato": Umberto Eco and Film

November 13 - December 28

A literary and cultural giant whose influence reached all facets of our rapidly evolving media, Umberto Eco (1932 – 2016), through decades of interdisciplinary writing, moved seamlessly from semiotics to aesthetics, popular culture, philosophy, fiction writing, and informal cultural commentary. Cinema informed his own theoretical approach to his work in semiotics and in turn, the field of cinema studies has been enriched by his versatile contributions. He was a founding father (along with Pier Paolo Pasolini, Christian Metz, and Roland Barthes) of the concept of film language. This program of two divergent film pairings evokes Eco’s philosophy of the cinema. For supplementary notes on Umberto Eco and film, with references to this program, see With special thanks to Umberto Varricchio.

still from Amarcord (Federico Fellini, 1973)
courtesy New World Pictures/Photofest

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