John Welle – The Set with the Diva: Pirandello and the Film Novel

Tuesday, March 8, 2005

6:30 p.m. Room C 201

The Doctoral Specialization in Italian and the Ph.D. Program in Comparative Literature Graduate Center

City University of New York

365 Fifth Avenue

Lecture by John Welle


This lecture compares Luigi Pirandello’s novel on the alienation of a film cameraman, Si gira! (1915) with other contemporary Italian novels set in the world of early cinema. Read together, these “popular” or “mid-cult” film novels, Ettore Veo’s Fantasio Film (1917-18), and Enrico Roma’s La repubblica del silenzio (1918) shed light on Pirandello’s more philosophical narrative and on the cultural reception of cinema in Italy during the critical years surrounding WWI.

John Welle is professor of modern Italian literature, history of Italian cinema, and translation studies. He is the author of The Poetry of Andrea Zanzotto (1987) and the editor and translator (with Ruth Feldman) of Peasants Wake for Fellini’s Casanova and Other Poems by Andrea Zanzotto (1997).

Tuesday, March 8, 2005

6:00 p.m.

Italian Cultural Institute

686 Park Avenue New York, NY

Dacia Maraini in conversation with Jane House and Ingrid Rossellini

about Maraini’s new book Colomba

RSVP 212 879 4242, x 368

Eduardo DeFilippo’s Souls of Naples (Questi fantasmi) – Performance

Questi fantasmi

Production, starring John Turturro, directed by Roman Paska, produced by

Theatre for a New Audience, April 2-May 8, 2005, Duke Theatre

Souls of Naples April 2 – May 8, 2005

The sensational John Turturro stars as Pasquale Lojacono, in the American Premiere of a new translation of Souls of Naples, a modern, 1940’s classic by Eduardo De Filippo. The play is a bitter sweet comedy about marriage and De Filippo’s deep look into the souls of people in post World War II Naples. It features elements of puppetry, mask, and the absurd, all part of the bold vision of director Roman PaskaMichael Feingold translates Souls of Naples from the Italian original Questi Fantasmi!

Student group rate tickets for full-time students – $20 a ticket-67% off regular ticket prices.

Eduardo DeFilippo’s Souls of Naples (Questi fantasmi) – Panel Discussion

Eduardo DeFilippo’s Souls of Naples (Questi fantasmi)

Panel Discussion, moderated by Mimi D’Aponte, featuring actor John Turturro & translator Michael Feingold

March 17, 2005, 6:30 p.m.

Italian Cultural Institute, 686 Park Avenue New York, NY

RSVP 212 879 4242, Ext 370

Symposia: On April 30 and May 7

Mimi D’Aponte, Professor Emerita of Theatre at Baruch College and CUNY Graduate Center, will moderate a symposium about Souls of Naples.  These conversations will include John Turturro and Roman Paska.   The symposia are free of charge.

If you have any questions regarding the production or would like to arrange tickets, please phone (212) 229-2819 ext. 15 or email

John Martello in Pirandello’s L’uomo dal fiore in bocca (The Man with the Flower in His Mouth)


7 November  2005, 6:00 pm

John Martello in Pirandello’s L’uomo dal fiore in bocca (The Man with the Flower in His Mouth).

Read about the play, including its historical significance as the first British televised play.

Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò

24 W. 12th St.

New York, NY 10011

The Pirandello Society of America Sessions at the MLA, December 2005

The Modern Language Association Convention

Washington, D.C.

December 28 and 30

Power and the Grotesque in Pirandellian Narrative, Theater, and Film I

“Broken Dolls and Hanging Puppets: Pirandello’s Grotesque Bodies,” Marella Feltrin-Morris, Ithaca College

“The Grotesque in the First English Translations of Six Characters in Search of an Author and Henry IV,” Valeria Petrocchi, Università per Stranieri, Perugia

“Silent Spectacles: The Art of the Obscene in Pirandello’s Theater,” Dragoslav Momcilovic, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison

Power and the Grotesque in Pirandellian Narrative, Theater, and Film II

Presiding: Giuseppe Faustini, Skidmore Coll.

“The Power of the Role and the Role of Power in Quando si è qualcuno,” David S. Escoffery, Southwest Missouri State Univ.

“Pirandello and Cinema: The Unfinished Project of La nuova colonia,” Stefano Giannini, Wesleyan Univ.