Northwestern University

Fri 7:00 PM

Spettacolo (2017) [Film Screening]

When: Friday, May 18, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM  

Where: Block Museum of Art, Mary and Leigh, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free and Open to All

Contact: Block Museum of Art   847.491.4000

Group: Block Museum of Art

Category: Fine Arts


Spettacolo (Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen, 2017, Italy/USA, DCP, 91 min.)

An exquisitely observed portrait of a community in the throes of upheaval and self-examination, Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen’s Spettacolo profiles a tiny Tuscan village famous for its fifty-year tradition of “autodrama”—turning the lives of its inhabitants into a yearly collective theatrical performance. Guided by a brilliant, mercurial director and populated with unforgettable personalities, the members of Monticchiello’s Teatro Povero (“poor theater”) filter the worldwide outrage following the 2009 financial meltdown through the prism of their rapidly-changing (and aging) community. Documenting three seasons in the life of this utterly singular community, Malmberg and Shellen’s film is also something of a secret history of the left, a testimony to the spirit of late-1960’s utopianism that his protagonists have fought, year by year, to preserve—and to perform.


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