“Censoring Documentary in 1950s Italy”

The choice of the featured image of this post speaks for what we discussed in the last step of our walk through the long 1950s. A blank piece of film tells of something missing, perhaps deleted, disregarded, forgotten. Professor Marco Bertozzi‘s contribution to this series revealed how the filmic genre of documentary was one of…

“Back to the Future”: the 1950s in Italian Historical Novels

The Long 1950s series gets to the chapter dedicated to literature and, more specifically, Asce di guerra (2000) and 54 (2002), two historical novels written by the collective of writers Wu Ming. You may wonder why, in a series about 1950s popular culture, we have decided to talk about Wu Ming and their two contemporary novels. One of…

Architectural theory and practice in 1950s Italy

The Long 1950s series gets to its chapter about Architecture. The professor of the Xi’An Jaotong – Liverpool University Paolo Scrivano, hosted by the McGill University and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, presented his research about the evolution of Italian architecture in the postwar years. On February 7th, professor Scrivano gave his talk “Between the…