Geoffrey Rush as art dealer Virgil Oldman in the 2013 film, “The Best Offer.”Geoffrey Rush as art dealer Virgil Oldman in the 2013 film, “The Best Offer.”

Lecture to examine treatment of disability in Italian cinema

The latest film by Academy Award-winning director Giuseppe Tornatore provides insight into the most recent approaches of Italian cinema to the issue of disability, says UWindsor professor Antonio Rossini.

Head of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, he will discuss this view in a free public lecture, entitled “Italian Cinema and Disability: New Trends,” Wednesday, March 4, at 4 p.m. in Alumni Hall’s McPherson Lounge.

The Best Offer will afford the audience a fine opportunity to examine how the discourse on different ability can cleverly morph into a philosophical reflection on art, love, the world of automata, and their respective doubles: forgery, deceit, and the troubled and fluid nature of our human condition,” says Dr. Rossini.

Wednesday’s event is presented by the Humanities Research Group as part of its Martin Wesley Lecture Series, and will include a reception following the formal program.