Dr Phil Wickham and Dr Danielle Hipkins

Italian Cinema 1950 - 1960: A Free Talk

The View, Exeter Northcott Theatre and Bar

Italian cinema in the 1950s from Fellini to Sophia Loren and Devon’s own Belinda Lee.

The talk, open to all members of the public, by Dr Phil Wickham curator of the University of Exeter’s cinema museum, the Bill Douglas Centre, and Dr Danielle Hipkins , Professor of Italian film, will describe how Italian cinema of the 1950s and 1960s had a reputation for glamour and sexual liberation that British cinema could only aspire to.  Films like Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, starring Anita Ekberg, set the international standard for style and sensuality in the conservative post-war years.

They’ll also touch on the story of Belinda Lee, the Devon actress who shrugged off her nice girl-image in British film and went to Italy to re-emerge as a smouldering leading lady in the mould of Sophia Loren.

An exhibition of Fellini memorabilia is also to be put on display at the Bill Douglas Cinema museum on Exeter University’s campus, which is open to the public and free of charge.  The museum has extensive collections on cinema around the world, from the very beginning of film to the age of sound and digital. Collections on stars including Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, studios including Disney and modern block-busters like Star Wars are on display.

This event is FREE and will happen between the matinee and evening performance of La Strada on Wednesday 3rd May. 


Event Info



You are welcome to turn up however please note that there are only a limited number of places available so to guarantee yourself a space we do suggest booking in advance if possible. 



Running Time

30-40 minutes book now

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