Graphic arts, cinema and comics at the beginning of the twentieth century: Yambo’s stars

Giovedì 5 Febbraio 2015

A project by INAF Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri and the Museo Novecento

In collaboration with Pragma Teatro

At the beginning of the twentieth century Yambo (Enrico Novelli) was one of the pioneers of science fiction and of modern story-telling by pictures in Italy. This eclectic author worked as an illustrator, caricaturist, writer but also director. In 1910 he realized Un matrimonio interplanetario (1908) and in the thirties he was to publish many works dedicated to young people and cooperated with the main daily newspapers of the time. The meetings taking place at the Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri and at the Museum of the Twentieth Century are to shed light on his varied production and, in particular, on his interest for science, studying Yambo’s activity with relation to the historical context of those years.

Thursday, February 5, 5:30 p.m., Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (entrance from via del Pian dei Giullari, 16)
Antonio Faeti, scholar of children’s literature, graphic arts and comics
Ferdinand’s teacher? Yambo, a very up-to-date author
Introduction by Paolo Tozzi and Francesca Brunetti (INAF Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri)
In collaboration with LIBeR (Libri per Bambini e Ragazzi)

Wednesday, February 11, 5:30 p.m.
Dennis Lotti (Università degli Studi di Padova), Un matrimonio interplanetario: the future horizons, light years away, according to Yambo, between a futuristic and colonialist approach.
Introduction by Lapo Casetti (Università degli Studi di Firenze), with the showing of Yambo’s movie Un matrimonio interplanetario
In collaboration with the Museo del Cinema di Torino

Wednesday, February 18, 5:30 p.m.
Luca Mazzei (Università degli Studi di Tor Vergata)
Between Viale de Amicis and the West: magical-cinematographic itineraries of an illustrator mad for science
Introduction by Lapo Casetti (Università degli Studi di Firenze)

Thursday, March 5, 5:30 p.m.,  Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (entrance from via del Pian dei Giullari, 16)
Paolo Caneppele (Österreichisches Filmmuseum, Vienna)
1910: the fear of the comet in the movies and in the world
Introduction by Antonella Gasperini and John Brucato (INAF Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri)
For Pragma Teatro: Bernardo Bugiani, Costanza Bugiani, Marco Gargiulo and Mirko Risaliti

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