Olmi and Pasolini: Industrialisation, the underdog and ‘ecological eschatology’ in Manon finestra 2 (1956) and Grigio (1957)

Angeli, S. 2021. Olmi and Pasolini: Industrialisation, the underdog and ‘ecological eschatology’ in Manon finestra 2 (1956) and Grigio (1957). Forum Italicum: A Journal of Italian Studies. 55 (3), pp. 850-864. https://doi.org/10.1177/00145858211025486

TitleOlmi and Pasolini: Industrialisation, the underdog and ‘ecological eschatology’ in Manon finestra 2 (1956) and Grigio (1957)
TypeJournal article
AuthorsAngeli, S.
Abstract

This article focuses on the collaboration between Ermanno Olmi and Pier Paolo Pasolini. Two key figures of the Italian cinematic tradition, Olmi and Pasolini have joined efforts on two occasions, as the Bergamasque director asked Pasolini to provide a commentary for his short films Manon finestra 2 (1956) and Grigio (1957). Two very different products, the two shorts offer a very compelling take on the process of industrialisation taking place in Italy in the 1950s. While Manon presents a slightly more positive view of the transition that Italy has undergone, Grigio is unequivocal in its condemnation, putting forward an alarming thesis: in order for this new society to exist, differences must be erased, communities are to disappear and the least advantaged will be left behind. However, this proposition also has a more optimistic counterpart; namely, the idea that these very communities remain the roots and the true point of reference of our civilisation.

KeywordsLinguistics and Language
Literature and Literary Theory
Cultural Studies
Language and Linguistics
Short Films
Olmi
Italian Cinema
Pasolini
Ecological Eschatology
Industrialisation
JournalForum Italicum: A Journal of Italian Studies
Journal citation55 (3), pp. 850-864
ISSN0014-5858
2168-989X
Year2021
PublisherSage
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY 4.0
File Access Level
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CC BY 4.0
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Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/00145858211025486
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1177/00145858211025486
Publication dates
Published23 Jun 2021
Published in print01 Nov 2021
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CC BY 4.0
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