Day School: European Political Thrillers



Mechanics Institute Library, Bradford

Saturday 18 November, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Tutor: Roy Stafford


This month’s Film Day School is intended to complement screenings in the season at HOME in Manchester entitled ‘States of Danger and Deceit: European Political Thrillers in the 1970s’

Some of these films are also showing during the Leeds Film Festival which started on November 1st. 

During the 1970s politics across Europe became more violent with the emergence of groups from both right and left prepared to attack the authority of the state. Vibrant and dynamic European film industries found effective ways of representing different aspects of this political upheaval through the thriller and other genres. The Day School will explore how this was done via case studies from Italy, Sweden and West Germany.

Our full screening will be Illustrious Corpses (Dir. Francesco Rosi, Italy 1976) in which a police inspector (Lino Ventura) investigates a series of murders of high-ranking judges. 


“Illustrious Corpses encapsulates the volatile, often incestuous relationships between the government, organised crime, political opposition, religious authorities, radicals, terrorists, and the media that have irreparably shaped the murky, turbulent landscape of 1970s Italian politics, a climate of protracted instability that would culminate with the kidnapping and murder of Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro by the Red Brigade in 1978”. Strictly Film School 2006.


Tea and coffee are available in the Mechanics Institute Library and there are places nearby to buy lunch, but you are also welcome to bring your own.

Tickets are £14 and £9 concessions.


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