“Romans Decomposed: Senescence and Decline in the New Italian Cinema”

Villanova had the pleasure of welcoming Dr. Brendan Hennessey to campus on Thursday, March 17, 2016. Dr. Hennessey is a professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Binghamton University. He presented a lecture titled, “Romans Decomposed: Senescence and Decline in the New Italian Cinema” which was sponsored by the Italian studies program and was co-sponsored by the Departments and Programs of Cultural Studies, English, History, Romance Languages, Theology and Religious Studies. Dr. Hennessey’s current book focuses on neorealist director Luchino Visconti, and explores the relationship between formalism and realism in the postwar Italian blockbuster. His interests are in auteur and popular cinema, the modern novel, representations of technology, theories of adaptation, and Italian American cultural studies. Dr. Hennessey provided the audience with a full analysis of two Italian films: Youth (2015) and The Great Beauty (2013). The Idea Accelerator was packed with students across all colleges to hear this wonderful guest speaker. It was such a privilege to have Dr. Henessey come and speak with the students of Villanova on this fascinating topic. We hope to see him again soon.