On 23 November 2016, renowned Italian Film Studies scholar and Fellow of the British Academy, Professor Richard Dyer, delivered the sixth Lucrezia Zaina bequest lecture. In his talk, Professor Dyer examined the influences on Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, including news and gossip stories, Rome films, as well as the legacy of neo-realism with its emphasis on the use of non-professional actors, location shooting and episodic structures.

The event was held at the Guild of Students and attracted a huge turnout, with approximately 500 people having registered! The lecture was followed by a reception, during which delegates praised not only the content of the lecture, but the organisation of the event and the provision of food and drink afterwards. A great deal of credit goes to colleagues in Italian for hosting such a successful event.

The Lucrezia Zaina bequest lecture is one of the highlights of the Italian Studies and Modern Languages and Cultures calendar at Liverpool, and we hope to see the same level of interest next year. If this year’s event was anything to go by, tickets will need to be snapped up quickly!