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From Ancient to Digital

Situating Blackness in Salambo (Domenico Gaido, 1914)

Jan De Lozier    University of California, Los Angeles, USA    

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abstract

The Italian production company Pasquali e Compagnia adapts the French writer Gustave Flaubert’s 1862 novel Salammbô into a ‘$100,000 Spectacle’. Despite the grandiose production values, a leading character named Spendius is not identified in the film’s credits. The record of Spendius on film, literally ‘pellicola’ or ‘with a skin’, continues to dissolve as compressed portions of the film reappear as pixels on YouTube. This paper analyses Spendius’ transnational character by situating him in an absent, yet present spectrum of media.

Published
Dec. 22, 2020
Language
EN
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-463-9
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-462-2

Keywords: Postcolonial studiesVideographic criticismItalian StudiesFilm studiesSpeculative cinemaYouTube

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