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Palermo revisited: Letizia Battaglia’s Fine della storia/End of the Story

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This article analyses Letizia Battaglia's 2007 short film Fine della storia/End of the Story in the context of her photographic production since 2000. The film is not only a tribute of love to Palermo with its many past and continuing troubles, but also a defiant and ultimately optimistic statement about the power of art to function as 'lieu de mémoire' and catalyst for civic regeneration. Battaglia's long-standing opposition to mafia power and culture is 're-elaborated' within the film through the incorporation of her old photographs dating from her time as a photojournalist for the daily newspaper L'Ora. The film elevates the photographs from the status of mere documentary evidence to a symbol of active resistance to political corruption. A very personal work on behalf of the film-maker, End of the Story identifies women, children and Sicily's famous natural beauty as the central loci of hope for Sicily's future.

Keywords: Letizia Battaglia; Palermo; constructedness; mise en abyme; regeneration; reinvention; rielaborazione (re-elaboration)

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/seci.8.2.153_1

Affiliations: Saint Louis University

Publication date: January 27, 2012

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