Venice and The Moving Image: Curating the Cinematic City

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Venice and The Moving Image: Curating the Cinematic City

Venice and The Moving Image: Curating the Cinematic City

Dates: Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 April 2021
Times: 18.00–20.00
Location: Zoom Webinar (Online)
Tutor: Dr Davina Quinlivan, with Dr Yuriko Jackall
Level: All Levels 

Course Description: The Wallace Collection holds two of the most iconic paintings of Venice in the history of art: Canaletto’s Bacino di San Marco from the Canale dell Giudecca and Bacino di San Marco from San Giorgio Maggiore. Painted in the 18th century, these images were popular with voyagers on the Grand Tour, and were often reproduced as souvenirs.

Drawing on the significance of Canaletto’s paintings, as well as other objects held within the museum such as Venetian glass, this course will offer innovative ways in which to envisage the relationship between Venice and Cinema. Through films including Summertime (Lean, 1955), The Souvenir (Hogg, 2019), Don’t Look Now (Roeg, 1973), Brideshead Revisited (Jarrold, 2008), The Comfort of Strangers (Schrader, 1990), Casanova (Fellini, 1977) and, of course, Death in Venice (Visconti, 1973), we’ll explore various cinematic representations of Venice in mainstream and avant garde films, and art cinema.

This course will also address questions that relate to cinema’s significance as a digital archive of the city, and the marginalised voices and figures within these cinematic stories. We’ll also consider the place of Venice in World Cinema, such as the use of the city in Bollywood (The Great Gambler, 1979).

Please read the full course description here.

Joining Information and Format: This course will be taught through Zoom Webinar. For more information, including instructions on how to download and use the system, please visit

Each course session duration is 120 minutes, including a five minute break and Q&A session with the tutor.

Tickets are for both dates of this course. Ticket holders will be emailed the Zoom link, Webinar ID and Passcode 48 hours in advance of the first course session, which should be retained for accessing both sessions.

Course Recording: This course will be recorded. Following each session, ticket holders will be emailed a link to view the recording, which will be available for one week only.

Date & Times

Date Start Time End Time
28/04/2021 18:00 20:00

Ticket Information

Ticket type Price
Online Course (Standard) £35
Online Course (Concession) £32
Online Course (Member) £30
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