Food and cinema are essential components of the Italian culture and they will be brought together at the College of Charleston in a lecture by an internationally-known professor. Cristina Bragaglia will present a lecture on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. in the Robert Scott Small Building. The title of Bragaglia’s lecture is “Italian Food in Italian Cinema” and this event is free and open to the public.

“Bragaglia has traveled all over Europe. She is an expert in French and Italian cinema and has recently gained recognition for her book and lectures on Italian and French cinema and food,” says Giovanna De Luca, associate professor of Italian. “She has a lot to offer to our students and we are excited to have her on campus.”

Bragaglia graduated from University of Bologna in l969 to later study film history in Milan at the Istituto Universitario di Lingue Moderne (IULM). She is  a professor at the University of Bologna, has been a visiting professor in Montréal, Tours, Valencia and Barcelona and has received grants from the Italian Government and a Faber Lectureship from Princeton University. Her books include the editing of Ennio Flaiano Nuove lettere d’amore al cinema (Rizzoli, 1977) and Ombre fatte a macchina (Bompiani, 1997), EricRohmer, Il gusto della bellezza (1990).

The Italian department is also hosting the 6th Italian Film Festival, Nuovo Cinema Italiano, from September 20-23, 2012 at the Sottile Theatre. Four Italian directors will appear as additional special guests of the festival to present their films and discuss their work. Additional information can be found at or

For more information, contact Giovanna De Luca, 843.953.5717.