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Rainbow - A private affair by Paolo & Vittorio Taviani



Rainbow - A private affair by Paolo & Vittorio Taviani

Beppe Fenoglio and Luigi Meneghello are rightly considered two of Italy’s greatest writers. They both participated in the Resistance movement in the Second World War and wrote of their experiences in works such as Il partigiano Johnny and I piccoli maestri. To mark the centenary of their birth the Italian Cultural Institute in Edinburgh will host a lively workshop chaired by Philip Cooke (University of Strathclyde), which seeks to explore and understand the nature of the writers’ engagement with the language and culture of Great Britain, and beyond.

The workshop, in hybrid format, will be followed by a screening of the Taviani brothers film adaptation of Una questione privata (2017) and a round-table conversation.


Summer 1943, Piedmont, Italy. Milton loves Fulvia who plays with his love: she only likes the depth of his thought and the letters he writes to her. One year later, Milton has joined the Resistance and fights beside other partisans. He learns during a conversation that Fulvia was secretly in love with his best friend Giorgio, a partisan like him. Milton decides to go find Giorgio in the Langhe region of Italy with all its misty hills...But Giorgio has just been arrested by the Fascists.


Today, in our ambivalent time, time of a war that we don’t fight, Fenoglio has strongly impressed us with his novel “A PRIVATE AFFAIR”: the crazy love and jealousy of Milton, the protagonist, who knows only half and wants to know it all. We started from here to evoke, in a long obsessive run, a drama that wanted to be personal, private: a drama about an innocent love that is also guilty, because during the brutal days of the Civil War the fate of every single person must blend with the fate of the community.

Paolo and Vittorio Taviani


Italy - France, 2017 (1h and 24mins)

Language: Italian with English subtitles 



Director: Paolo & Vittorio Taviani

Script: Paolo & Vittorio Taviani

Freely inspired by the novel “A private Affair” by Beppe Fenoglio (Giulio Einaudi Publisher)

Cast: Luca Marinelli, Lorenzo Richelmy, Valentina Bellé, Francesca Agostini, Jacopo Olmo Antinori, Antonella Attili



Date: Thursday, March 24, 2022

Time: From 5:30 pm To 7:00 pm

Organized by : Italian Cultural Institute in Edinburgh and The Association for the Study of Modern Italy (ASMI)

In collaboration with : The Society for Italian Studies (SIS)

Entrance : Free


Italian Institute of Culture, 82 Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9EW