H Hour Curfew Time June 2020

The meaning of style in La Dolce Vita and the Triumph TR3A “Marcello, come here. Hurry up!” “Si, Sylvia, vengo anch’io. Vengo anch’io.” In these early morning hours of a rather cold March in 1959 the baroque beauty of the Fontana di Trevi is about to become conquered by Anita Ekbergs exuberant Blonde in her… Continue reading H Hour Curfew Time June 2020

H Hour Curfew Time July 2020

Cultural commodification and Italian cinema after ww2 Few countries in postwar Europe were able to resume their cultural activities in the fields of cinematography after 1945 with such playfulness and endeavor as Italy. It’s one of the interesting incongruences of the autocratic, to say the least, regime during the fascist ventennio, that the so called… Continue reading H Hour Curfew Time July 2020

H Hour Curfew Time October 2020

Lamberto Maggiorani and his neorealist alter ego Antonio Ricci Lamberto Maggiorani worked as a turner at the Breda, a former weapon then steel factory from the fascist era, situated just a few kilometers outside Porta Maggiore. At the time Vittorio De Sica was holding auditions for the child character for his upcoming movie, Bicycle Thieves.… Continue reading H Hour Curfew Time October 2020

H Hour Curfew Time April 2020

  Rimini, Fellinian Landscape From neorealism to fantastic realism If we ever were to ask ourselves, how do we want to live our lives, would we accept the offerings brought to our attention by technology, commodities developed to create desire, or will we attempt to trust our intimate vision and search for hope in the… Continue reading H Hour Curfew Time April 2020

H Hour Curfew Time March 2020

On the importance of graphic novels in coping with the imminent now As dystopian as the present may appear, it’s not something new, unprecedented, never seen before. For most of us the terminology used to describe the state we’re actually in, curfew, lockdown, shutdown et al. wasn’t part of an imaginable now. Some may recall… Continue reading H Hour Curfew Time March 2020

H Hour Bologna Time

Chilly January mornings tend to lack the natural sunlight of the warm season. They hide the details of the neoclassical rationalist architecture outside the train station in the artificial shadows of the pre dawn lights. It’s 7:10am. Our connection to Bologna leaves in 2 minutes and we try to lay out the itinerary that awaits… Continue reading H Hour Bologna Time

H Hour Florence Time

It’s January, the second week of the year. At approximately 06:12 the high-speed  train sets out from the medieval town in the northern part of Italy to reach Florence. The biannual pilgrimage to the places, where the heart of Italianism in language and culture beat the most, is a ritual for a rather differing crowd:… Continue reading H Hour Florence Time