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Italian Cinema Audiences

Raccontateci il cinema attraverso I vostri ricordi. Questo gruppo fa parte di un progetto di ricerca che studia i ricordi degli spettatori italiani degli anni cinquanta. Il nostro progetto offre un'occasione unica di fare luce su una storia nascosta che è fondamentale per l'identità italiana ed europea. In un periodo in cui l'Italia attraversava uno dei suoi cambiamenti più marcati, da una nazione in predominanza agricola a una delle principali potenze industriali, il cinema restava una costante per gli italiani. È cruciale che al centro di questo progetto siano quelle persone le cui storie sul cinema devono essere raccontate, capite e divulgate. Crediamo che le loro storie, e questo progetto, siano importanti per tutti coloro che sono interessati alla cultura, la storia, e la sociologia dell'Europa. Share your memories of cinema-going This group is part of a research project which aims at studying memories of Italian audiences of the 1950s. This project offers a unique opportunity to shed light on a hidden history that is fundamental to Italian and European identity. In a period in which Italy went through one of its most dramatic changes, from a predominantly agricultural nation to a leading industrial power, cinema remained a constant for its people. Crucially, at the centre of this project are those people whose stories about cinema need to be told, understood and disseminated. We believe their stories, and this project, are important for all those interested in the culture, history and sociology of Europe.
Lorenzo Fenoglio
Lorenzo FenoglioSaturday, May 20th, 2017 at 3:27am
Now in Bari
Valentina Pudda
Valentina Pudda shared Est Film Festival's photo to the group: Italian Cinema Audiences.Monday, May 15th, 2017 at 3:46am
Alessandro Melis
Alessandro Melis shared Alessandro Melis's photo to the group: Italian Cinema Audiences.Thursday, May 11th, 2017 at 1:54am
Silvia Sivo
Silvia Sivo shared a link to the group: Italian Cinema Audiences.Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 at 7:23am
Ciao a tutti!
A Bari, nel cuore del quartiere Libertà, stiamo portando avanti una piccola grande avventura per rispondere alla chiusura di quasi tutti cinema storici della città: ExpostModerno sta facendo rinascere l'ex Arena Moderno, molto popolare negli anni '50 ma abbandonata da 40 anni.

Questo cinema all'aperto si trasformerà in un cortile culturale urbano, uno spazio aperto alla città e alla cultura (a partire dal cinema) accessibile, un bene comune per spettatori attivi e autori indipendenti.

L'impresa è ardua, ma insieme possiamo fare #uncinematuttonostro! Supportate la nostra campagna su Produzioni Dal Basso ▸▸▸ http://bit.ly/ExPostModerno

Ogni aiuto sarà per noi prezioso 🙂
Valentina Pudda
Valentina Pudda shared Est Film Festival's post to the group: Italian Cinema Audiences.Friday, April 28th, 2017 at 4:17am
Daniela Treveri Gennari
Daniela Treveri GennariWednesday, April 19th, 2017 at 9:37pm
Daniela Treveri Gennari
Daniela Treveri Gennari shared a Page to the group: Italian Cinema Audiences.Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 at 9:37pm
Un'iniziativa straordinaria da sostenere! https://www.facebook.com/expostmoderno/?ref=bookmarks
Ana González
Ana González shared a link to the group: Italian Cinema Audiences.Thursday, April 13th, 2017 at 10:52am
We call on all women and women living (LGTBIQ) to be part of the International Exhibition "WOMEN, SUBVERSION IN THE EXPERIMENTAL IMAGE IN MOVEMENT" which will be held in May in the framework of the Film Festival Autopsy experiment in Bogotà , Colombia.
This exhibition aims to tackle all the work and make us aware of all the work done in experimental cinema, video art, experimental video made by women or people living women.
It does not matter the year of realization
If you are interested in participating you must send to the email cineclubmemc@gmail.com
Title of the work
Director name
Year of realization
Lx directorx country of origin
Format of realization
Link of visualization of the work.
This show will be held in May so this call will close soon
We greatly appreciate those who want to participate and make possible the visibilization of work, it is necessary to be able to recognize all the historical work of the territories and their images.
(Projections will be given in different projection rooms, prisons, regional areas.)
Valentina Pudda
Valentina Pudda shared a Page to the group: Italian Cinema Audiences.Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 at 10:11pm
Damiano Garofalo
Damiano Garofalo shared a link to the group: Italian Cinema Audiences.Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 at 10:23am
CFP «Cinema e Storia» n. 1/2018

*From Public to Private. The History and Histories of Audiences in the Global Era*

Special issue, edited by Mariagrazia Fanchi & Damiano Garofalo

Deadline: March 31, 2017


The study of cinema audiences has always been considered as an ancillary area of interest: marginalized and considered to be a trivial subject, and in any case easily studied through text-centric analysis (the spectator as a semiotic construction), a marketing system approach (the spectator as the final result of film industry strategies), or as an outcome of political propaganda operations (the spectator as a tool of consensus). Moving away from this marginal position, in the last few years the study of cinema audiences has obtained a new relevance, assuming a particular significance thanks to the several multidisciplinary investigations of social and cultural history, such as the history of consumption, the history of tastes and, above all, the history of cinema and TV audiences.

Several causes have contributed to this recent renewal: the birth of European associations that are devoted specifically to cinema audiences (e.g. HOMER, but also the “Audience” workgroup in NECS) has energized researches in this sense; the shift in focus towards non-Western audiences, has led to the emergence of of a new World History approach and the post-colonial perspective; experiments in new instruments from experimental psychology and statistical sciences (big datas) have contributed, as has the upgrading of traditional media historiography to include archaeological or oral-historical approaches. This positive circumstance has driven a reprise of the historiographical reflection on audiences, and the expansion of studies and projects (among others, the Italian Cinema Audiences project, launched by a pool of British Universities).

Beginning with this new perspective, it is necessary to enlarge our frame of work and to adopt a wide and inclusive approach to media consumption, to include cinema, TV and visual and audiovisual experiences broadly. The study of audiences necessitates an intermedial and multidisciplinary approach in order to encompass the complexity of media experiences: the plethora of forms that this assumes (and assumed), their changes through space and time, the multiplicity of connections to cultural, social, economic and identity processes. The challenge is to legitimate audience as essential field of investigation within film, media, communication studies, and, at the same time, to adopt audiences as a historical source in a wider sense.
Reflecting on these topics and following this line, the «Cinema e Storia» Journal aims to focus its following issue (1/2018) to history of cinema audiences. We welcome essays that address (though are not limited to) the following topics:

• Cinema audiences and historiographical questions;
• New approaches of cinema audience history: methods, frames, designs;
• Cinema audiences and microhistory (biographical, genealogical, communitarian histories);
• Cinema audiences and cultural consumption;
• Cinema audiences and production studies;
• Cinema audience, sociability and social processes;
• The history of reception (movies, stars, genres...);
• Fandom and stardom;
• History and identity construction (gender, generational, sexual social, cultural, political, national identities);
• Histories of movie theatres; histories of movie-going and urban spaces;
• Histories of cinema audiences and World History;
• Neuroscientific histories of audiences;
• Media debates and media representations of movie-goers, movie-going and cinema experiences.

To propose an article please send an abstract and short biographical note to the address redazione@cinemaestoria.it by March 31, 2017.

Abstracts must be between 200 and 250 words, and may be presented in English or Italian, although completed articles must be in Italian - proofreading will be guaranteed by “Cinema e Storia” editorial board.

The proposal should include: five key-words, names of author(s), institution(s) and contact details (email, telephone), together with a short bio for each author.

If the proposal is accepted, the author/s will be asked to send the complete article to the same e-mail address by July 31, 2017. Contributions will be sent to two independent reviewers in a double-blind peer review process prior to the final publication decision. Authors may be requested to change or improve their articles if suggested by reviewers.

Articles should be between 4,000-5,000 words in length (no more than 35,000 characters, spaces and notes included), but shorter articles will be also considered.

For info, please send an email to:
mariagrazia.fanchi@unicatt.it and/or damiano.garofalo@uniroma1.it

For the Italian version of the call, please see:

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Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 at 7:49pm
After a fantastic 3 years, the #ItalianCinemaAudiences team would like to thank all who followed and contributed to the project. https://t.co/rxUzQ2mNg8
Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 at 7:45pm
To mark the end of the #ItalianCinemaAudiences project, we'd like to share the video of the final conference https://t.co/yo1szLQfgE
Saturday, November 19th, 2016 at 8:01pm
Thanks to all who attended and participated in the Cinema and Memory workshop on Friday. Lots of inspiring research and social initiatives!
Thursday, November 17th, 2016 at 8:30pm
Looking forward to meeting everyone coming to the Cinema and Memory workshop today. Follow us at #cinememory16 @KatiaPORT @MereuKeating
Thursday, November 17th, 2016 at 2:21am
New blog post on our website about the fantastic 'Gentlemen's Cake Club' initiative at London's @CinemaMuseum https://t.co/ou16FImyU4