I teach Film History and Criticism and Cinema and Cultural Studies at University of Milan. I have authored seven books, forty articles and more than thirty conference presentations.
A new perspective on Visconti's works and public image, and on the literature on him, based on a revaluation of his transgressive component and on a philological analysis of his papers...
Sexuality as a privileged perspective to rethink film history, how it has been conceived and the cultural practices connected to both art and popular films, to the extreme of pornography.
A hidden history involving any aspect of cinematic institution, from industry to audience, criticism, stardom, with fallouts on dominant knowledge, popular culture and media representations.
Hitchcock's work on gender and sexuality not only is open to always new dissections, but has had an enormous influence: studying both means to have a privileged viewpoint on the great part of film culture.
A consideration of both academic historiography and a criticism marginal in terms of ideological extremism, limited circulation and the social position of targeted readers, as a way to discuss forms and meaning of studying cinema.
Palgrave MacMillan, London 2017, pp. XVI, 272, 31 ill. (revised Italian edition, corrected and augmented, Omosessualità e cinema italiano. Dalla caduta del fascismo agli anni di piombo, UTET, Turin 2019)
This book is the first to establish the relevance of same-sex desires, pleasures and anxieties in the cinema of post-war Italy. It explores cinematic representations of homosexuality and their significance in a wider cultural struggle in Italy involving society, cinema, and sexuality between the 1940s and 1970s...
EDITED BOOKS AND ISSUES
ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS
Alla corte di Re Luchino. Visconti visto dalla stampa dell’estrema destra laica, in M. De Grassi (ed.), Luchino Visconti oggi: il valore di un’eredità artistica, Edizioni Università di Trieste, Trieste 2020, pp. 85-116 (now revised and expanded in Intorno a Luchino Visconti. Dieci sguardi eccentrici, UTET, Torino 2021).
Forzuti, fusti, maggiorati: la destra, il peplum e una certa idea di maschilità, in G. Albert, G. Carluccio, G. Muggeo, A. Pizzo (eds), Ciao Maschio. Politiche di rappresentazione del corpo maschile nel Novecento, Rosenberg & Sellier, Torino 2019, pp. 135-154.
ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS
Vecchi fusti e nuovi fusti: appunti su maschilità, cinema e destra radicale del dopoguerra, in A.B. Saponari, F. Zecca (eds), Oltre l'inetto? Rappresentazioni plurali della mascolinità nel cinema italiano, Meltemi, Milano 2021.
Gay and Lesbian e Queer studies, in F. Andreazza (ed.), Fare storia del cinema. Metodi, oggetti, temi, Carocci, Roma 2021.
Rocco e i suoi fratelli. La vita amara di Luchino Visconti, UTET, Torino 2021.
Invited lecture for seminar Cinema LGBT e censura: dal Codice Hays all’Italia post fascista, Gaynet/UNAR, 14 May 2021.