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streaming > Cenere – Film Screening and Panel Discussion

To conclude our celebrations for Women’s History Month, join us for a special screening of Cenere (Ashes). The 1916 silent film by Febo Mari, based on the eponymous book by Nobel Prize-winning writer Grazia Deledda, features theatre icon Eleonora Duse in her only film performance.

Set in Sardinia, Cenere tells the melodramatic story of Rosalia Derios, an unmarried woman who is abandoned by her lover when he discovers she is pregnant. Despite her best efforts to raise her son, Rosalia realizes that she cannot escape from her poverty and the shame of having an illegitimate child and, reluctantly, she decides to entrust the boy to the natural father.

The musical score accompanying the film has been composed and performed, specifically for this occasion, by Ben Model, one of America’s leading silent film accompanists. The screening will be followed by an all-women panel moderated by Margaret Parsons, Head of Film Programs at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, featuring prof. Stefania Lucamante (University of Cagliari) and prof. Laura di Bianco (Johns Hopkins), discussing Grazia Deledda, the only Italian woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature, Eleonora Duse and the role of women in early cinema.


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Margaret Parsons curates the film program at the National Gallery of Art, an exhibition program of international cinema and archive of documentaries related to the arts. She has organized film or media events for other institutions including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the American University School of Communication and the AFI, and has served as a trustee for film organizations including the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. She has served on editorial boards for The Moving Image and the Getty Trust’s Program for Art on Film and on international film festival juries for Washington DC, Torino, Poznań (Poland), and Tulcea (Romania), among others. Parsons is currently head of the advisory board for the Washington DC Environmental Film Festival and curator for Glimmerglass Film Days in upstate New York. She has received awards for her work in film culture preservation. Other interests include photography and self-taught art and she has written for the journals Raw Vision, Folk Art, The Folk Art Messenger, New York Folklore, Curator, and The Moving Image.



Stefania Lucamante is Professor at the University of Cagliari where she holds the Chair of Italian Contemporary Literature. She is Professor Emerita at the Catholic University of America Washington D.C. where she directed the Italian Studies Program. She is been Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto (2014-15), of Cagliari (2011), and Turin (2018). She has lectured and has been keynote speaker in many universities and in various conferences around the world. 

Her main fields of research concern representations of history and memory in Women’s contemporary literature and the role of passions in literature. She has authored Righteous Anger in Italian Cinematic and Literary Narrative (University of Toronto Press, 2020), Forging Shoah Memories: Italian Women Writers, Jewish Identity, and the Holocaust (Palgrave 2014), Quella difficile identità: rappresentazioni letterarie dell’ebraismo e della Shoah (Iacobelli, 2012), A Multitude of Women: The Challenges of the Contemporary Italian Novel (University of Toronto Press, 2008), Elsa Morante e l'eredità proustiana (Cadmo, 1998) and a monograph on Isabella Santacroce(Cadmo, 2002). She is the editor of Elsa Morante’s Politics of Writing: Rethinking Subjectivity, History, ad the Power of Art (Fairleigh-Dickinson UP 2014), Italy and the Bourgeoisie: The Re-Thinking of a Class (Fairleigh-Dickinson UP 2009) and Italian Pulp Ficton: The New Narrative of the Giovani Cannibali Writers (Fairleigh-Dickinson UP, 2001). With Sharon Wood she has edited the first collection of essays in English on Elsa Morante, Under Arturo's Star: The Cultural Legacies of Elsa Morante (Purdue UP, 2005). In 2008 she wrote the introduction of the 2007 symposium Memoria collettiva e memoria privata: il ricordo della Shoah come politica sociale, co-edited with Raniero Speelman, Monica Jansen and Silvia Gaiga. She sits on the Board, and is contributor of, several journals among which Quaderni d’ItalianisticaThe Modern Language Review, Italica, Poetiche and Leggendaria among other journals. 

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Laura Di Bianco is Assistant Professor and Director of Italian Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Her research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of Italian studies, film studies, women’s and gender studies, and ecocriticism. She is the recipient of the Lauro De Bosis Fellowship at Harvard University (2020) and the Bogliasco Fellowship (2020).

Professor Di Bianco has published articles in academic journals and volumes such as The Italianist Film and Italian Women Filmmakers and the Gendered Screen and is co-editor of Modern Language Notes. Currently, she is completing her first book project—Wandering Women: A Feminist Geography of Italian Cinema—which investigates the work of contemporary Italian women filmmakers from an feminist and ecocritical perspectives. Her second book project—Crumbling Crumbling Beauty: Italian Cinema in the Age of Anthropocene—deals with ecological crises in Italy as represented in film from the silent era to the present.

At Johns Hopkins, Professor Di Bianco also leads translation projects with graduate and undergraduate students. She completed English subtitles for films by pioneer, silent film director Elvira Notari that were presented at the Festival del Cinema Ritrovato, in Bologna, and she is currently working on an English-subtitled edition of Umanità by Elvira Giallanella (1919).



Ben Model is one of the nation’s leading silent film accompanists, and performs on both piano and theatre organ. Ben works full-time presenting and accompanying silent films in a wide variety of venues around the USA and internationally, carrying on a tradition he learned from silent film organist Lee Erwin (1919-2000).

Over the past 30+ years Ben has created and performed live scores for several hundred silent films, films lasting anywhere from one minute to five hours. Ben is a resident film accompanist at the Museum of Modern Art (NY) and at the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus Theatre, and performs at theatres, museums, schools and other venues around the US and internationally.

His recorded scores can be heard on numerous DVD/Blu-Ray releases, on TCM and on his YouTube channel. His indie DVD label Undercrank Productions has released several discs of rare/lost silent films, including films preserved by the Library of Congress.

Ben is a regular accompanist at classic film festivals around the U.S.A. and internationally, and performs at universities, museums, and historic theaters. Ben is the producer and co-founder of The Silent Clowns Film Series, now in its 21st season in NYC. Ben has composed film scores for both orchestra and concert band for accompaniment to films by Chaplin and Keaton. These scores are performed around the U.S. every year by professional and school ensembles.

As a film programmer, Ben has co-curated film series for The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and co-programs a monthly silent film series at the Cinema Arts Center. As the archivist of the Ernie Kovacs/Edie Adams collection, he has curated two recent DVD box sets of Ernie Kovacs television shows for Shout! Factory, and was instrumental in the Library of Congress’ acquisition of the Kovacs film and videotape elements for preservation in 2015.

Ben Model is a Visiting Professor of Film Studies at Wesleyan University.



Data: Da Lun 22 Mar 2021 a Mer 31 Mar 2021

Organizzato da : Embassy of Italy, IIC Washington

Ingresso : Libero