Mondo Realism and the Cinema of Joe D’Amato

Date(s) - Tue. Sep. 29, 2015 - Tue. Oct. 13, 2015
12:00 am GMT

Microcinema [ ÊTRE]

Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare


This course will examine Joe D’Amato’s body-centred films within the context of Italian cinema, the paracinematic, and genre studies. We will focus on what I call D’Amato’s “Mondo Realist” films, made within a very short period between 1975-1979. D’Amato’s films bridge Neo Realism and the Mondo film, which continue to be understood in almost mutually exclusive terms in film theory. His films offer a way to open up these categories through the embodied and sensual experiences of the porn and horror genres.

Films: Emanuelle and Françoise (1975); Emanuelle in America (1977); Buio Omega (1979).