Department of Cinema Studies and Romance Languages (Italian)
424 Friendly Hall
PhD, University of Reading
MA, Birkbeck College, University of London
Laurea Quadriennale, University of Catania
Biography and Research
Sergio Rigoletto has a joint appointment in the departments of Cinema Studies and Romance Languages. His research explores the relation between social change and media aesthetics (especially cinema and TV). He has written extensively on queer cinemas, film stardom & performance, international television, film costume, and many aspects of Italian cinema. He is the author of two monographs:
- Masculinity and Italian Cinema: Sexual Politics, Social Conflict and Male Crisis in the 1970s (Edinburgh University Press: 2014)
- Le norme traviate: Saggi sul genere e sulla sessualita nel cinema e nella televisione italiana (Meltemi: 2020)
He has co-edited a book entitled Popular Italian Cinema (Palgrave: 2013) and is currently working on two book projects: a monograph on actress Anna Magnani and a volume provisionally titled Queer from the South: Film Video Art and Media Activism in the Mediterranean.
‘(Un)dressing Authenticity: Neorealist Stardom and Anna Magnani in the Post War (1945-1948)’, JICMS, 6:3, 2018, pp. 389-404.
'Anna Magnani in The Golden Coach' in Murray Pomerance and Kyle Stevens (Eds.), Great Cinematic Performances: International, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, 2018, pp. 69-80.
‘Against the Teleological Presumption: Notes on Queer Visibility in Contemporary Italian Film’ in The Italianist, 37:2, 2017, pp. 212-227.
‘The Fair and the Museum: Framing the Popular’ (co-authored with Louis Bayman) in Louis Bayman and Sergio Rigoletto (Eds.), Popular Italian Cinema, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2013, pp. 9-48.
‘Laughter and the “Popular” in Lina Wertmüller’s The Seduction of Mimì’ in Louis Bayman and Sergio Rigoletto (Eds.), Popular Italian Cinema, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2013, pp. 178-202.
‘Country Cousins: Europeanness, Sexuality and Locality in Contemporary Italian Television’ (co-authored with Martin Dines) inModern Italy, 17:4, 2012, pp. 479-491.
‘Political Cinema’, in Louis Bayman (Ed.), Directory of World Cinema: Italy, Intellect Books, Bristol, 2011, pp. 226-229.
‘Sexual Dissidence and the Mainstream: the Queer Triangle in Ferzan Ozpetek’s The Ignorant Fairies’ in The Italianist, 30:2, 2010, pp. 202-218.
‘Italian-Style Comedy andl’italiano medio: Strategies of Exclusion’ in Lucy Bolton and Christina Siggers Manson (Eds.),Italy on Screen: Italian Identity in the National Imaginary and International Symbolic, Peter Lang, London, 2010, pp. 35-49.
Professional Work / Film Criticism
- 2020 Berlin Film Festival: Redefining Masculinity and Masterminds, The Platform, http://www.the-platform.org.uk/2020/03/28/berlin-film-festival-2020-redefining-masculinity-and-masterminds/
- LGBT Refugee Cinema, Queer Politics and Human Rights: ‘Mr Gay Syria’, The Platform, http://www.the-platform.org.uk/2019/08/24/lgbt-refugee-cinema-queer-politics-and-human-rights-mr-gay-syria/
- 2019 Berlin Film Festival: Women’s Labour, Hypnotic Landscapes and Plenty of Synonyms, The Platform, http://www.the-platform.org.uk/2019/03/10/berlin-film-festival-2019-womens-labour-hypnotic-landscapes-and-plenty-of-synonyms/
- 2018 Berlin Film Festival: Theatre of War, Terror and Faith, The Platform, http://www.the-platform.org.uk/2018/04/14/berlin-film-festival-2018-theatres-of-war-terror-and-faith/
- 2016 Glasgow Film Festival: Daring Society to Accept its Flaws’, The Platform, http://www.the-platform.org.uk/2016/03/27/the-2016-glasgow-film-festival-daring-society-to-accept-its-flaws/
- CINE 350: "Queer European Cinema"
- CINE 345: "Stars and Performance"
- CINE 470: "Postwar Cinemas"
- CINE 450/550: "Mediterranean Film & Media"