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Block Cinema Presents: Spettacolo (2017)

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Friday, May 18, 2018


Time
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Categories
  • Film & Video
  • Location
    Block Museum of Art
    District
    Suburbs / Midwest
    Address
    Northwestern University
    40 Arts Circle Dr.
    Evanston, IL 60208
    Telephone
    847-491-4000
    Reminder
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    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-1960s utopianism that his protagonists have fought, year by year, to preserve—and to perform.