Screening of film clips and discussion with the protagonist of Emanuele Crialese’s acclaimed film Golden Door (2006)
Moderated by Teresa Fiore (Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies, Montclair State University)
Tue. Jan. 29, 2019 7-8:30 p.m. University Hall 1070
No RSVP required (first come first served)
Amato played the role of another Italian immigrant in the U.S. in Crialese’s very first film, shot in NYC. His Once We Were Strangers (1997) is an equally unique take on the subject, with a protagonist – Antonio played by Amato – whose life as an undocumented immigrant in Manhattan reminds us that lack of papers is a much more transversal condition than that cast by today’s public debate in both the U.S. and Italy.
Vincenzo Amato’s visit to Montclair State University is a special opportunity to hear behind-the-scenes stories linked to the making of Crialese’s films about going through the Golden Door then and now, and to learn about Amato’s current and future projects on both sides of the Atlantic.
- Offered in conjunction with the course “Italian Americans in Film,” this event is free and open to the public. It offers professional development credits for teachers.
- Organized and sponsored by the Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies (Department of Modern Languages and Literatures) at Montclair State University
*Note that the film is available via streaming for University-affiliated people through the Sprague Library.
Photo credits: Shot from Golden Door by Francesco Casisa; b/w photo by Barron Claiborne.
New York Times Review (Critic’s Pick): “Those Tired, Those Poor: A Journey as Important as Its Destination” by A.O. Scott (2007).
Essay by Margherita Heyer-Caput: “For a Cinema of “‘Inbetween-ness’: Emanuele Crialese’s ‘Nuovomondo'” (Italica 90.2 Summer 2013, pp. 272-285).