My interview with Catherine O’Rawe is now available. Catherine is Senior Lecturer in Italian at the University of Bristol and she and I have often worked together over the years. Catherine has published several articles on Italian cinema and history and teaches a course in Bristol devoted to it. It is one of the key themes in her important forthcoming book, Stars and Masculinities in Contemporary Italian Cinema, due out this summer (2014) from Macmillan USA and which is the focus of the conversation. We discuss the content and methodology of Stars and Masculinities in Contemporary Italian Cinema, as well as the place of history (particularly the traumatic history of the anni di piombo) in shoring up contemporary ‘nostalgic’ versions of Italian masculinity. Catherine vigorously defends her concerns and approach in the book and explicitly locates herself in relation to the material she studies.
Read the interview here: Boys on Film: A Conversation with Catherine O’Rawe on Italian Cinema, Masculinities and History.