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In an unnamed European town, in an unspecified year, live Cynthia and Evelyn. Every day Evelyn cycles to Cynthia's mansion to work as a lowly maid and every day the cruel, vindictive Cynthia inflicts countless sadistic humiliations upon her.
But as the days go by and the pair begin to reveal themselves, it soon becomes clear that the humiliation may not all be of Cynthia's design...
Startling, stylish and heady with atmosphere, The Duke Of Burgundy is a dazzling exploration of romance, relationships and desire from the multi-award winning director of Berberian Sound Studio. Laden with wit and brimming with filmic references, it is one of the most remarkable films of the year and will doubtless leave you reeling.
Cult director Gregg Araki serves up another slice of sexy surrealism. Dark Smith (James Duval) is infatuated by the free-spirited, bisexual Mel, but she is far too adventurous to settle down with one person. Looking for alternative objects of desire, Dark stumbles upon L.A. hang-out The Hole, and finds the alluring Montgomery amongst its strange clientele. Events take a bizarre turn as 'Apocalypse Day' approaches, and Dark's entourage begin to prepare for the end of the world.
Dark drama exploring the sadomasochistic relationship of a lesbian couple. Two entomologists indulge in elaborate role play where Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen) harshly punishes the younger, innocent Evelyn (Chiara D'Anna) for all her misdemeanours. But their act is entirely fabricated with Evelyn in fact pulling the strings. As their relationship evolves over time, the limits of their bond are tested as previously novel acts grow old and Cynthia yearns for a more conventional partnership.
"Since when is Fran Drescher Jewish?" This was Chiara Francesca Ferrari's reaction when she learned that Drescher's character on the television sitcom The Nanny was meant to be a portrayal of a stereotypical Jewish-American princess. Ferrari had only seen the Italian version of the show, in which the protagonist was dubbed into an exotic, eccentric Italian-American nanny. Since When Is Fran Drescher Jewish? explores this "ventriloquism" as not only a textual and cultural transfer between languages but also as an industrial practice that helps the media industry foster identification among varying audiences around the globe. At the heart of this study is an in-depth exploration of three shows that moved from global to local, mapping stereotypes from both sides of the Atlantic in the process. Presented in Italy, for example, Groundskeeper Willie from The Simpsons is no longer a belligerent, alcoholic Scotsman but instead easily becomes a primitive figure from Sardinia. Ironically, The Sopranos-a show built around Italian-Americans-was carefully re-positioned by Italian TV executives, who erased the word "mafia" and all regional references to Sicily. The result of Ferrari's three case studies is evidence that "otherness" transcends translation, as the stereotypes produced by the American entertainment industry are simply replaced by other stereotypes in foreign markets. As American television studios continue to attempt to increase earnings by licensing their shows abroad, Since When Is Fran Drescher Jewish? illuminates the significant issues of identity raised by this ever-growing marketplace, along with the intriguing messages that lie in the larger realm of audiovisual cultural exchange.
S'inspirant de deux articles de son pere, Arsenio Frugoni, qui remontent au debut des annees 1950, et du titre que celui-ci avait attribue a l'un d'eux, Chiara Frugoni reconstitue dans ce livre une journee ordinaire dans une ville au Moyen Age. A l'aide de documents precis, fruits de recherches erudites et synthetiques, mais aussi de nombreuses references litteraires et surtout d'une iconographie somptueuse, issue du prodigieux patrimoine italien, l'historienne raconte par le menu, plutot qu'elle ne les expose, les differents aspects de la vie urbaine medievale: de l'artisanat aux superstitions, de la delinquance a la vie en communaute, en passant par toutes les questions que les hommes se posent encore aujourd'hui face au surnaturel ou, plus prosaiquement, a l'emploi du temps. Son recit nous enchante comme si nous etions directement temoins de ces evenements. Contrairement a un documentaire historique, ce livre nous plonge dans le monde medieval, et l'on remonte le temps grace a cette remarquable conteuse comme si l'on partait en voyage. Le style souple, original, elegant et d'une tres grande precision lexicale de Chiara Frugoni participe au plaisir de la lecture, non moins que l'analyse rigoureuse des fresques et des miniatures qui illustrent son propos. Elle ressuscite ce monde disparu tout en battant en breche bien des stereotypes que l'histoire conventionnelle a echafaudes.
Current trends of globalization have influenced the social, economic, and political framework of national media worldwide. In recent years, the field of media studies has focused on globalization as a phenomenon that has greatly impacted the production and reception of media formats. By reshaping local economies, diversifying societies, and introducing digital technologies, the globalization of media has enacted a process of re-definition of national and local broadcasting. Beyond Monopoly: Globalization and Contemporary Italian Media examines the impact of globalization on contemporary Italian media. By engaging both the production and reception levels of different media, this volume assesses the extent to which Italian media have been part of current trends of media flows and have responded to the centrifugal and centripetal forces of globalization. The contributors to this edited volume touch upon a wide diversity of issues, such as foreign ownership on Satellite TV, the effects of digital technology on media policy making, and the framing of "Otherness" in the news. Beyond Monopoly provides a unique case study of the complexity of national media in the era of globalization that will appeal to students as well as scholars of global and national media systems.
The 47 revised full papers presented together with three invited talks were carefully reviewed and selected from 204 submissions. This program was completed by a demonstration and poster session, in which researchers had the chance to present their latest results and advances in the form of live demos. In addition, the PhD Symposium program included 10 contributions, selected out of 21 submissions. The core tracks of the research conference were complemented with new tracks focusing on linked data; machine learning; mobile web, sensors and semantic streams; natural language processing and information retrieval; reasoning; semantic data management, big data, and scalability; services, APIs, processes and cloud computing; smart cities, urban and geospatial data; trust and privacy; and vocabularies, schemas, and ontologies.
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