Final Reflection Essay r details ITAL 2355, Fall 2019, Final Reflection Essay The final essay, due on November 12 th, consists of an expansion of the weekly essays that you’ve written throughout the term, concentrating on 1) the in-class lecture on 11/5 by the Visiting professor/filmmaker from Rome, Antonio Falduto, and 2) the film, The Stolen Caravaggio by Roberto Andò, on 11/6. Lecture: Professor Falduto’s will be discussing “Arts, Democracy, and the Mafia” and the controversial relationship between CRIME and DEMOCRACY addressing issues such as the following: • Can a democratic government negotiate with criminals and terrorists in order to save lives and democracy? • There is a special arm/team of the Italian CARABINIERI dedicated to finding stolen masterpieces and bringing them back to Italy. Once a masterpiece is confined in a museum, is there any relationship with the place that produced and inspired it and the culture that generated it? • Can a government help to overthrow a democratically-elected government if this government doesn’t respect democracy and human rights? • How far can we go in the name of democracy, such as the Moro case and the Mafia in Italy? • What are the analogies between Roman and American iconography and architecture and the representation of power? Film: The Stolen Caravaggio revolves around a Roman screenwriter without inspiration who turns to a ghost writer who, in turn, is inspired by a mysterious character who tells her a story about the Sicilian mafia’s involvement in the case of a famous stolen painting. There are some stories that the mafia would prefer to keep buried, however, which is the dramatic motor of this mystery-thriller-drama hybrid, layering different stories on top of one another. For “his” latest work, she is inspired by a grimy story that a mysterious stranger tells her about how the Cosa Nostra stole one of the Baroque era’s most famous paintings, The Nativity by Caravaggio some five decades ago and why it might be resurfacing again today. It is a story written by a screenwriter (Angelo Pasquini) about a screenwriter with writer’s block. Consider some of the following questions in your essay: • Why do you think the script writer and the director selected a Caravaggio painting for the case of the stolen painting? Why not a Michelangelo, for example? • Are there any characteristics of neorealistic or surrealistic cinema that you can identify in the film? • What are some of the film techniques that move the story forward (setting, character development, sound track, etc.) • Beginnings and endings. What is the relationship, if any, between the beginning and ending of the film? • In what ways is the layering of the story reminiscent of Sorrentino’s or Fellini’s episodic journeys? • Can you identify with any of the characters, and/or see in them similar traits of any of the characters in the films we’ve viewed in the course?