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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Presented by Dr Malcolm Angelucci (University of Technology, Sydney) and Prof. Piergiorgio Giacche' (University of Perugia, Italy)-

In Immemory of Carmelo Bene

Talks and a screening, ten years after his death


In Immemory of Carmelo Bene

In immemory of Carmelo Bene

Talks and a screening, ten years after his death


Carmelo Bene (1937-2002) was a unique voice that resonated through Italian and European theatre, film and literature over a 43 year-long career. A brilliant artist, a fine mind and a controversial enfant terrible until the end, he managed to achieve great mainstage success without ever bowing to mediocrity, complacency or pandering to the audience taste.

Through his singular approach to re-writing, acting and directing, Bene aimed at bringing about a permanent Copernican revolution on stage and screen – a relentless critique and parody of the subject, language and meaning, culture, art, love, sex and just about every institution of the Western world. His 'impossible research' often went by way of extensively reworking (or outright exploding) classics such as Shakespeare, Wilde or Marlowe's, or giving a new voice to authors the likes of Dante, Leopardi, Campana, Majakovskij, Esenin or Laforgue.

Importantly, since his debut in Albert Camus' Caligula, Carmelo Bene maintained a productive dialogue with some of the most relevant thinkers of his time – Gilles Deleuze and Pierre Klossowski, among others, wrote influential essays on his theatre and film – and engaged, through his practice, with ideas by intellectuals and artists such as Artaud, Nietzsche, Freud, Baudelaire, etc.

In spite of all this, the English-speaking world has so far had few opportunities to engage with Bene's œuvre. On Sat April 28th, 5.00pm, the Italian Cultural Institute of Melbourne will host In immemory of Carmelo Bene, a free event introducing Australian audiences to his artistic genius.

The night will open with a talk by Dr Malcolm Angelucci (University of Technology, Sydney), who recently started a research project on Carmelo Bene. He will also present excerpts from an exclusive interview with Prof. Piergiorgio Giacchè (University of Perugia, Italy) – friend, assistant and scholar of Bene, former chairman of the 'Fondazione l'Immemoriale' (managing Bene's artistic legacy).

At 6pm there will be the screening of Bene's first and most renowned feature film Nostra Signora dei Turchi (Our Lady of  the Turks, 120', Italian with English subtitles), winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 1968 Venice Film Festival.


Further sources on Carmelo Bene and his works:

Harvard Film Archive -

The Guardian -

Senses of Cinema -



Date: Saturday, April 28, 2012

Time: 5.00pm

Venue: Italian Institute of Culture, 233 Domain Road, South Yarra

Organised by: the Italian Institute of Culture, Melbourne

In collaboration with: the University of Technology, Sydney, the University of Perugia, Italy, Casella Wines, Divella, San Benedetto Acqua Minerale and Pantalica Cheese Company

Free admission. Please book by clicking the icon below.


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