Screening (at the) Golden Door: Actor Vincenzo Amato on Crialese’s Film about Italian Immigration to the U.S.
After a very well-received presentation last semester, Vincenzo Amato comes back to Montclair State University to address a topic that remains central to so many political agendas around the world, and in particular the U.S. where the Golden Door has shifted from embodying a symbol of national ethos to a controversial space and divisive subject. The conversation with Amato will focus on Emanuele Crialese’s acclaimed film Golden Door/Nuovomondo (2006, winner of 3 David di Donatello Awards and a Silver Lion as a Revelation Film at the 2007 Venice Film Festival). In it, Amato plays Salvatore Mancuso, a Sicilian of limited means and outsize dreams whose expressions of low-key defiance, genuine awe, and perceptive naiveté continue to reveal the emotions and aspirations associated with the decision to embark on a migrant journey. Amato’s visit is a special opportunity to hear behind-the-scenes stories linked to the making of this and other films by Crialese focused on migration, such as Once We Were Strangers (1997), and have an exchange on issues of border-crossing, human mobility and social and ethnic diversity.
PLEASE NOTE: This event is offered in conjunction with the course “Italian Americans in Film.” VERY LIMITED SEATING (contact email@example.com)