Associate Professor at University of Milan, 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. I’m the PI of the Research Project of National Interest (PRIN 2022) Cinema and the LGBTQ+ movements, from the first traces to institutionalization (1945-1989) funded by the Italian Ministry of University. and Research.
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
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, pp. 121-135.
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).
Polymorphous but Not Perverse: Heuristic Aspects of the Monstrous in David Cronenberg’s Cinema, in Mario Mainetti (ed.), Anatomical Waxes. La Specola di Firenze. David Cronenberg, Fondazione Prada, Milano 2023, pp. 338-354.
Una poetica riemersa, Luchino di Giovanni Testori, a cura di Giovanni Agosti, «Fata Morgana Web», 12 dicembre 2022
ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS
How the Sexualization of Cinema Impacted on the Italian Film Censorship. A Quantitative Analysis (1948-1976), (with T. Subini), in The Screen Censorship Companion: Critical Explorations in the Control of Film and Screen Media, ed. by Daniël Biltereyst and Ernest Mathijs, The University of Exeter Press 2023
"Alcune questioni di democrazia cinematografica. Vittorio Spinazzola e i primi studi culturali", Symposium Dalla parte del pubblico. Vittorio Spinazzola, il cinema e l’industria culturale, Roma, Università La Sapienza, 30 November 2023