Performing the invisible past: Costanza Quatriglio's Terramatta;

Bernadette Luciano, Susanna Scarparo

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All of Costanza Quatriglio s films-her shorts, feature films and feature-length documentaries-are either journeys in search of marginalized and invisible subjects or psychological explorations of the invisible aspects of visible individuals. In Terramatta; Il Novecento italiano di Vincenzo Rabito analfabeta siciliano (2012), Quatriglio continues her inquiry into invisible subjects and uses the story of an invisibile (as she defines Rabito) to rewrite the history of Italy, not as a historian but as a filmmaker, self-reflexively drawing attention to the history and style of Italian cinema itself. In our discussion of Terramatta;, we analyse Quatriglio s juxtaposition and intersection of the archival footage of official history with Rabito s personal accounts conjured on the screen through the voice of the actor Roberto Nobile, and her filmed images of contemporary landscapes inhabited by Rabito s words. We consider the ways in which the documentary creates a dialogue between public and private history, between the present and the past and between memory and language. (c) 2014 Taylor and Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293 - 306
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Modern Italian Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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