Stefano Guerini Rocco

Ghosts of History. The Legacy of the Italian Ethnographic Documentary in Alice Rohrwacher's Films

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Keywords: Alice Rohrwacher; Ethnographic Film; Antonio Gramsci; Ernesto De Martino; Pier Paolo Pasolini.

The aim of this essay is to stress the dual nature of Alice Rohrwacher's films. Looking back to Ernesto De Martino's work and his influence on Italian cinema, Rohrwacher updates the analytical tools of the Italian ethnographic documentary in order to investigate contemporary Italian society. At the same time, her films always propose a highly symbolic coming-of-age narrative. I want to argue that Rohrwacher integrates these two different narratives in order to depict a double transition - both of the character and of the environment. Or, perhaps, the transition of the character «through» the transition of the environment.

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