Annual Roy Knight Lecture

Richard Dyer, Professor of Film Studies at King’s College London, will give the annual Roy Knight Lecture in Romance Studies on 1 March at 4pm in the Faraday Lecture.
All are welcome. The lecture will be followed by a wine reception.

Title: La dolce vita as news and gossip

Abstract
La dolce vita (dir. Federico Fellini., 1960) is one of the most famous films ever made, an international and often scandalous hit that gave the world not only the term and idea encapsulated in its title but also ‘paparazzi’. It is a film about gossip and news that was itself news and is based in the news stories, fashionable people and actual fashions of its time. This talk looks at this whole process, the real and fictional images of Rome La dolce vita draws on, the way it relates to neo-realism in its use of non-actors, location shooting and episodic structures and the way that it transmutes them into symbol and spectacle. La dolce vita is rooted in the real and yet refuses to present itself as realist, insisting on the way knowledge of the real is always literally mediated.

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