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Casanova’s Histoire de Ma Vie in Twentieth Century Cinema (Adaptation, Interpretation, Reception from Volkoff to Fellini)

Dates:
  • Mon 09 Jul 2012 10.00 - 12.00
  Add to Calendar 2012-07-09 10:00 2012-07-09 12:00 Europe/Paris Casanova’s Histoire de Ma Vie in Twentieth Century Cinema (Adaptation, Interpretation, Reception from Volkoff to Fellini)

Casanova’s memoirs have inspired an incredible number of books, commentaries, and creative reinterpretations. While the reception of this text in literature has been analyzed in many studies, relatively little attention was paid to the analysis of films based on the book. The aim of this thesis is to fill in this gap.
The study argues that film adaptations of a text can be regarded as part of its general reception and treated as creative reinterpretations which explore the potential meanings of the original and are anchored in a certain context that they inevitably reflect. These theoretical and methodological issues are addressed in the first part of the thesis.
The second and third parts are dedicated to the analysis of the structure of Casanovaʼs Histoire de ma Vie and its four screen adaptations (the films of Alexandre Volkoff, 1927, Luigi Comencini, 1969, Federico Fellini, 1976, and Ennio Flaianoʼs script of 1968), respectively. The study demonstrates how the semantic exploration of the original text in each case was influenced by various extra-textual factors: production determinants, aesthetic and genre issues, the filmmakerʼs tastes and background, the cultural environment, etc. It shows how the perception of Casanova changed over the 20th century and analyzes the mechanisms which determined these changes.
The thesis thus advances our knowledge and understanding of the European cultural history and can be regarded as a case study which contributes to the theoretical discussion of film adaptations as a branch of reception studies.

Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia - SCHIFANOIA DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia - SCHIFANOIA

Casanova’s memoirs have inspired an incredible number of books, commentaries, and creative reinterpretations. While the reception of this text in literature has been analyzed in many studies, relatively little attention was paid to the analysis of films based on the book. The aim of this thesis is to fill in this gap.
The study argues that film adaptations of a text can be regarded as part of its general reception and treated as creative reinterpretations which explore the potential meanings of the original and are anchored in a certain context that they inevitably reflect. These theoretical and methodological issues are addressed in the first part of the thesis.
The second and third parts are dedicated to the analysis of the structure of Casanovaʼs Histoire de ma Vie and its four screen adaptations (the films of Alexandre Volkoff, 1927, Luigi Comencini, 1969, Federico Fellini, 1976, and Ennio Flaianoʼs script of 1968), respectively. The study demonstrates how the semantic exploration of the original text in each case was influenced by various extra-textual factors: production determinants, aesthetic and genre issues, the filmmakerʼs tastes and background, the cultural environment, etc. It shows how the perception of Casanova changed over the 20th century and analyzes the mechanisms which determined these changes.
The thesis thus advances our knowledge and understanding of the European cultural history and can be regarded as a case study which contributes to the theoretical discussion of film adaptations as a branch of reception studies.


Location:
Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia - SCHIFANOIA

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

Type:
Thesis defence

Supervisor:
Prof. Arfon Rees

Contact:
Francesca Parenti - Send a mail

Examiner:
Martin van Gelderen (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)
Prof. Vito Zagarrio (Università La Sapienza, Roma)
Prof. Frank Burke (Queenʼs University Ontario)

Defendant:
Marita Goubareva
 

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