GIORGIO MANGIAMELECinematographer of the Italian Migrant Experience
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Giorgio Mangiamele is without doubt one of the most
interesting and artistically gifted filmmakers in contemporary Australian
cinema, even though his ideas and talent were often hampered in a technical
sense by material and financial circumstances; he is absolutely crucial as
representative of the post-war Italian migration experience in Australia.
His oeuvre has received considerable critical
attention recently but a serious, organic, critical analysis has been hampered
by misconceptions about his marginal position with respect to mainstream
production and the typecasting of the author as a “migrant” cinematographer.
This study has sought to bridge the prejudicial divide between the diasporic
context and the artistic value, talent and intentions of the filmmaker.
Underpinning this argument with Deleuze and Guattari’s theoretical framework of
“minor” literatures, it is suggest that Mangiamele’s diasporic cinematic
production did have an influence on mainstream cinema and society, in the sense
that “minor no longer designates specific literatures but the revolutionary
conditions for every literature within the heart of what is called great (or
established) literature” (Kafka, 18).
In order to elucidate Mangiamele’s acuity, and
cinematographic talent and human observational skills, a socio-historical and
cultural framing for his oeuvre is provided confirming the author’s
crucial importance for the post-war period, his highly individual style and
work imbued with ethical and moral principles as well as compassion and
Raffaele Lampugnani is Lecturer in Italian Studies at Monash University
(Melbourne). His areas of expertise include textual exegesis in Dante
studies, and contemporary Italian and Italo-Australian poetry and
narrative. He has published in these areas and edited the special issues
of the academic journal Spunti e ricerche, The Prostitute in Italian Society, Art and Literature (2000) and From Text to Screen (2006), and co-edited Studies in Memory of Tom O'Neill (2002).
This product was added to our catalog on Friday 13 January, 2012.