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An evening in memory of Umberto Eco

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 9 marzo 2016

umberto ecoToronto Wednesday, March 16, 2016 6:30pm – 8:30pm Istituto Italiano di Cultura – 496 Huron St. AN EVENING IN MEMORY OF UMBERTO ECOThe Istituto Italiano di Cultura, in collaboration with Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies, presents an evening in memory of Umberto Eco, Italian novelist and philosopher who recently passed away. Rocco Capozzi, Professor Emeritus; University of Toronto and long time friend and expert on Eco, will lecture on “Umberto Eco. The witty living encyclopedia and acute observer that the world will miss”.
Rocco Capozzi is Professor Emeritus of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto where he taught contemporary Italian Novel, modern literary theories, film studies and semiotics, and comparative literature. Author of Carlo Bernari: Tra fantasia e realtà (1984), Scrittori e industria culturale (1992), Commento, interpretazione e intertestualità ne Il Nome della Rosa di Eco (2001). Has edited Homage to Moravia (1993), Reading Eco: an Anthology (1997), Italic Calvino: Lightness and Multiplicity (2007); Tra Eco e Calvino. Relazioni rizomatiche (2013). Coedited with Massimo Ciavolella: Scrittori, tendenze letterarie e conflitto delle poetiche in Italia 1960-1990, with Maria Calvo Montomero: Borges Y Eco (1999). Has published articles on Bernari, Berto, Ottieri, Volponi, Gramigna, Eco, Morante, Malerba, Nori, Calvino, Covito and Tabucchi.
Umberto Eco (5 January 1932 – 19 February 2016) was an Italian author best known for mystery novels that reflect Eco’s vast knowledge on subjects such as religion, literature, history, politics and philosophy. Umberto’s most brilliant work to date remains his 1980 novel, The Name of the Rose which is a mystery involving intellectual aspects of semiotics, literary theory, medieval history and biblical analysis. In addition to writing novels, Umberto excessively contributed to the science of semiotics through his studies, research and other academic works. His literary talents made him a philosopher, essayist and literary critic from time to time. Born in the small town of Alessandria in northern Italy, Umberto was the only son of an accountant named Giulio. Umberto and his mother, Giovanna fled to a village in the Piedmontese mountainside during World War II to escape the bombings while his father was called upon to serve in the army. Eco initially received a Salesian education and later entered the University of Turin to study law upon his father’s insistence who wanted his son to become a lawyer. However, following his interests, Eco soon switched to studying medieval philosophy and literature. He wrote a thesis on St. Thomas Aquinas and in 1954 earned a doctorate degree in philosophy. During his educational period, Umberto had lost faith in God and left the Roman Catholic Church. After graduation, Eco joined a state television channel as an Editor for Cultural Programs where he was able to gain experience and learn a lot about modern culture and journalism. In 1956, Eco published his first book, The Aesthetics of Thomas Aquinas, which was an extension to his doctorate dissertation. Also in 1956, Eco began his lecturing career at the University of Turin. Following a brief period of service in the military, Eco surfaced with his second publication, Art and Beauty in the Middle Ages. The extensive research based book gained Umberto the reputation of an important medieval scholar. Next, Eco began working as an editor for a well known publication in Milan named Casa Editrice Bompiani. His next book related to modern art, The Open Work came out in 1962.
Eco continued producing academic works throughout 1960s focusing on semiotics while also contributing to a number of scholarly publications on a regular basis. In addition to this, Eco also pursued teaching at various universities in Florence and Milan. He became the first professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna in 1971 and published A Theory of Semiotics in 1976. The year 1978 marked a significant turn in Eco’s career when he decided to write a novel following an invitation from a friend. The detective story, The Name of the Rose became an international bestseller establishing a new identity of Umberto Eco. In 1986, the book was adapted to screen with a star cast of Sean Connery and Christian Slater. For Eco, there was no looking back and he continued writing exceptional novels such as Foucault’s Pendulum, The Island of the Day Before, The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana and The Prague Cemetery. In 1998-1999 Umberto Eco was the Emilio Goggio Chair Visiting Professor in the Department of Italian Studies, at the university of Toronto. In 2009, the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (PIMS) conferred him the Honorary Doctorates. Free admission.

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Mysterious British Secret Agent James Bond 007’s Finer Things to go Up For Bid this Weekend at Julien’s Auctions Icons & Idols: Hollywood Legends Auction Event

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 3 dicembre 2014

roger mooreBeverly Hills, California James Bond 007, the British film character, lady lover and masculine super icon of film will be featured at the Icons & Idols: Hollywood Legends auction event at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills on December 5 & 6, 2014. The Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills gallery will feature memorabilia from the charismatic style of the James Bond character originally created by Ian Fleming in 1962. The James Bond 007 film series is the most successful film franchise in cinema history spanning 52 years in film and 62 years in print. Eon Productions adapted Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels into 23 films. The novels have also been adapted into popular comic strips and video games. British secret service agent, James Bond 007, has been portrayed by some of Hollywood’s most sought after actors including Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig. Aside from the legendary props often taking center screen in the film, the James Bond film series celebrated extravagant vehicles. Both props and cars will be highlighted in the auction.The Icons & Idols: Hollywood Legends will feature three extraordinary vehicles from the James Bond film franchise. They include a jet aircraft used in the opening scene of the 1983 film Octupussy (Estimate: $200,000-$300,000) and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the lightest single engine jet in the world. The second vehicle to be auctioned is a hovercraft used in the 2002 film Die Another Day (Estimate: $30,000-$40,000). The third is a helicopter prop from the 1967 film You Only Live Twice (Estimate: $8,000-$10,000) which was prominently exhibited for a decade in the James Bond Room at Planet Hollywood London. Other highlights of the James Bond 007 collection include the iconic black chair used by recurring super villain Dr. Blofeld in You Only Live Twice (Estimate: $1,500-$3,000) and Gucci luggage used by Roger Moore in the 1974 film The Man With the Golden Gun (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000). The high-tech gadgets, an important theme in the films, are also included. A mobile phone conceived as a remote control device that has a taser and fingerprint scanner from Tomorrow Never Dies (Estimate: $2,000-$4,000) and recurring character Moneypenny’s laptop from the same film (Estimate: $4,000-$6,000) are included in the highlights.Scripts, concept drawings from the films, a James Bond autograph collection (Estimate: $4,000-$8,000) and posters are also included in the highly anticipated auction. The James Bond autograph collection includes signatures from Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Eva Greene and Daniel Craig. An original 30 x 40” Goldfinger poster from 1964 is one of many posters to be offered (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000).
Over 25 lots of James Bond memorabilia, some of which have been previously owned by renowned James Bond experts, spans over four decades of James Bond history. Many of the lots are being offered to the public for the very first time.

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