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Fiatamlet

Alternative title
Fiat Hamlet, A
Synopsis
Documentary about the Fiat car company and its operations in Turin. The film uses Hamlet as a mirror for scrutinising Turin’s working-class past viewed through Fiat’s failing fortunes. In its industrial heyday, Turin was the auto worker capital of Europe, but declining sales led to factory closures and massive layoffs. City officials are keen to refashion another image, but Ceste uses the ghost’s imperative in Hamlet "Remember me" to call attention to the wilful suppression of its proletariat past. Interviews with sociologists, set within the mangled remains of factories, are crosscut with writer Beppe Rosso and a staged reading of Hamlet using Fiat workers as actors. Shakespeare’s words act as a springboard for relevant discussions of labour history and responsibility.
Language
Italian (Standard)
Country
Italy
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2003
Duration
66 mins
Availability
No archive copy or distributor known (6/2013)

Credits

Director
Armando Ceste
Cinematographer
Adonella Marena Ceste
Writer
Beppe Rosso Ceste

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Social Studies
Keywords
labour (employment); Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); working classes; FIAT; Turin

Notes

Reviews
Variety 5 Jan 2004.

Production Company

Name

AC/Cinema & Video

Name

Archivio Audiovisuale del Movimento Operaio

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