Stefano Giannini: 0000-0001-6589-0997

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Spring 1-1-2005


Pirandello, Film, La nuova colonia, The New Colony, film treatment, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, Giuseppe Prezzolini, Arthur Livingston




Communication | East Asian Languages and Societies | English Language and Literature | European Languages and Societies | French and Francophone Language and Literature | German Language and Literature | Italian Language and Literature | Latin American Languages and Societies | Linguistics | Sign Languages | Slavic Languages and Societies | Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature


Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936) wrote numerous film-treatments inspired by his short-stories and plays that were not completed as films. Among the never completed films there is La Nuova Colonia. The history of the film-project La Nuova Colonia [The New Colony] is important for the further understanding of Pirandello’s poetics. Nestled in the plot of Pirandello’s novel Suo marito [Her Husband], La Nuova Colonia took on independent life in 1926 as the play of the same name that premiered in Rome in March 1928. The two dates indicated for the play are not the chronological limits for the La Nuova Colonia idea. In parallel with the play, there exists information on a cinematographic adaptation. In his reconstruction, F. Càllari states that it is impossible to know if there ever was a copy of the film-treatment written in Italian, and if so, it has probably been destroyed. The uncertainty about the existence of such a document is resolved by a letter that I found from Giuseppe Prezzolini to Arthur Livingston, dated March 14, 1923, housed in the Livingston Archive of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas, Austin. In that letter there is proof of the existence of a treatment entitled “La nuova colonia,” written in Italian and predating by at least three years the text in German. At this point, the chronology of the genesis of La Nuova Colonia must be updated.





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