Gian Maria Volonté screening series Autumn 2012 – Centre for Cultural Studies

The Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths presents, as part of their ongoing weekly Monday Film Night, a series of movies focused on the relatively unknown Italian actor/screenwriter Gian Maria Volonté: the bad guy in A Fistful of Dollars and For A Few Dollars More, under the pseudonym of Johnny Wels (later declaring he really did them for the money, to pay off debts for a theatre piece on the relation between the Pope and the Nazi regime); who refused star roles in Coppola’s The Godfather and Bertolucci’s 1900, so as to take part in exiled director Miguel Lettin’s Actas de Marusia on the massacre of Chilean miners; a member and once-candidate of the Italian Communist Party, later excluded for helping autonomist Oreste Scalzone to escape from Italy; whose interpretations can never be disassociated from fervent socio-political commitment, cultural and literary comment, confrontations with directors, and an attitude of defiance towards a culture in which an actor must merely perform a pre-written script. The first screening, to take place on 15th October 2012, will be of “Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970), by Elio Petri.


all films at 7pm


15 OCTOBER // “Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion” (original: “Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto), 1970, E. Petri

22 OCTOBER // “Sacco and Vanzetti”(original: “Sacco e Vanzetti”), 1971, G. Montaldo

29 OCTOBER // “The Working Class Goes To Heaven” (original: “La classe operaia va in paradiso”), 1971, E. Petri

5 NOVEMBER // “Slap the Monster on Page One” (original: “Sbatti il mostro in prima pagina”), 1972, by M. Bellocchio

12 NOVEMBER // No film – go to this instead

19 NOVEMBER // “The Moro Affair” (original: “Il caso Moro”), 1986, G. Ferrara

26 NOVEMBER // “The Mattei Affair” (original: “Il caso Mattei”), 1972, F. Rosi

3 DECEMBER // “Lucky Luciano”, 1973, F. Rosi

10 DECEMBER // “Christ Stopped at Eboli” (original: “Cristo si e’ fermato a Eboli”), 1979, F. Rosi


Anyone is welcome to turn up and bring others. All films will be screened in the Council Room, second floor of Laurie Grove Baths on Laurie Grove, and will be followed by post-screening discussion. For more info on the CCS Monday Film Night, please email: k.molin[at] and check: