In the shadow of the screen: notes on cinema, homoeroticism and literature 1945-1980

Fabio Libasci

Abstract


My contribution proposes to re-read the link between the dark of the cinema and the expression of the homoerotic desire, the writing of the shadows and phantoms that became flesh in the space of the cinema only. In Pasolini’s Amado mio, the film lights up the desire; Gilda fires Caorle’s boys; a wild and unstoppable eroticism goes around the outdoor cinema and could be expressed over the body of the boys same.  At the cinema the viewer is a pretender, if he is homosexual. He pretend to like the actress so much while he loves to touch the closer man. In Piero Santi’s Ombre rosse, the author writes five moral tales about the cinema as a temple of darkness, reign of good and evil, a fascinating reality. Cinema is a discovering, fearing and desiring place. The protagonists are at the same time presents and absents; they keep moving and they change the stairs while joyfully and sad images flowing on the screen. 

But the cinema as an ideal place for desire and unspeakable pleasures undergoes a slowly but constantly process of changing. In spite of this, cinema, for at least two generation of men in the old Europe as in the the New world, was home, an escape from the oppressing reality, the guarantee of obscurity. Roland Barthes felling nostalgic about this world where it was possible to be at the same time at the cinema and somewhere else, lonely but in the other’s desire.


Keywords


desire; cinema; homosexuality; Pasolini; Barthes

Full Text:

PDF (Italiano)

References


Abruzzese, Alberto, “Cinema e romanzo: dal visibile al sensibile”, Il romanzo I. La cultura del romanzo, Ed. Franco Moretti, Torino, Einaudi, 2001.

Bal, Mieke, “Atti di sguardo: Proust, il romanzo e la cultura visiva”, Il romanzo IV. Temi, luoghi, eroi, Ed. Franco Moretti, Torino, Einaudi, 2003.

Barthes, Roland, “En sortant Du Cinéma”, Communication, 2, 1975, ora in, Id., Oeuvres complètes V, Paris, Seuil, 2002.

Barthes, Roland, Incidents, Paris, Seuil, 1987.

Bazzocchi, Marco Antonio, PierPaolo Pasolini, Milano, Mondadori, 1998.

Bazzocchi, Marco Antonio, Corpi che parlano. Il nudo nella letteratura italiana del Novecento, Milano, Mondadori, 2005.

Brunetta, Gian Piero, Buio in sala. Cent’anni di passioni dello spettatore cinematografico, Venezia, Marsilio, 1989.

Bruno, Giuliana, Pubbliche intimità. Architettura e arti visive, Milano,  Bruno Mondadori, 2009.

Camus, Renaud, Tricks, Paris, Mazarine, 1979.

Casadio, Luca, Le immagini della mente. Per una psicoanalisi del cinema, dell’arte e della letteratura, Milano, FrancoAngeli, 2004.

Debray, Régis, Vita e morte dell’immagine, Milano, Il Castoro, 1999.

Gnerre, Francesco, L’eroe negato. Omosessualità e letteratura nel Novecento italiano, Milano, Baldini&Castoldi, 2000

Guibert, Hervé, Mes parents, Paris, Gallimard, 1986.

Guibert, Hervé, L’image fantôme, Paris, Minuit, 1981.

Iacoli, Giulio, “Tema latente. Materiali e appunti per un’individuazione del cinema porno”, Verba tremula. Letteratura, erotismo, pornografia, Eds. Nicola Catelli, Giulio Iacoli e Paolo Rinoldi, Bologna, Bononia University Press, 2010.

Metz, Christian, Cinema e psicanalisi, Venezia, Marsilio, 2002.

Moretti, Franco, Il romanzo di formazione, Torino, Einaudi, 1999.

Pasolini, PierPaolo, Atti impuri(1982), Milano, Garzanti, 2000.

Pasolini, PierPaolo, Amado mio (1982), Milano, Garzanti, 2000.

Pini, Alberto, Quando eravamo froci, Milano, Il Saggiatore, 2001.

Puig, Manuel, Il bacio della donna ragno, Torino, Einaudi, 1976

Santi, Piero, Ombre rosse, Firenze, Vallecchi, 1954.

Tondelli, PierVittorio, Altri libertini (1980), Milano, Feltrinelli, 2005.

White, Edmund, Un giovane americano, Torino, Einaudi, 1990

Gilda, Dir. Charles Vidor, USA, 1946

Un uomo da marciapiede (Midnight cowboy), Dir.  John Schlensinger, USA, 1969

Una stagione all’inferno, Dir. Nelo Risi, Italia, 1971

Sebastiane, Dir. Derek Jarman, UK,  1976.

Toby Dammitt, Dir. Federico Fellini, episodio del film, Tre passi nel delirio, Francia-Italia, 1968.




DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13125/2039-6597/3602

NBN: http://nbn.depositolegale.it/urn%3Anbn%3Ait%3Aunica-24734

Article Metrics

Metrics Loading ...

Metrics powered by PLOS ALM


Between Journal is published by the University of Cagliari - Maintenance for this OJS installation is provided by UniCA  Open Journals, hosted by Sistema Bibliotecario di Ateneo.

Between Journal is published with the funding of the Bank of Sardinia Foundation.

ISSN 2039-6597

CC-By lockssDOAJ seal SPARC Europe