Lazzaro Felice and the Traditions of Italian Cinema

An illustrated talk by Des Murphy

3rd November 2022 at 19:15 at Rubislaw Church Centre, 1 Beaconsfield Place, Aberdeen AB15 4AB


Des Murphy will present a survey of Post-WWII Italian Cinema, with reference to the major directors and movements, in particular, Neo-realism; (ii) focus on the film, Felice Lazzaro (English: Happy as Lazzaro), directed and scripted by Alice Rowrwacher in 2018, which shows the influence of neo-realism, but is also a radical departure, stylistically and thematically.

Des Murphy, a graduate of Aberdeen University in French and English, taught English and later, Film and Media Studies at Bridge of Don Academy where he was Head of English and Media. He spent the last two years before retiring from full-time teaching on secondment, advising Aberdeen City schools on Media and Film, and subsequently provided CPD courses for teachers. He was a member of the SQA setting team for Advanced Higher Media and of the SQA Media Working Party set up to advise on reforming  the Media Studies course.

He is a member of the Association for Media Education in Scotland, an educational charity, and has for many years been Editor of its biannual journal, The Media Education Journal. He has also written a number of student study guides including for Blade Runner, Bend It Like Beckham, The Princess Bride, Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Pan’s Labyrinth and Young Sherlock Holmes.