Giorgio Mangiamele, regarded as the most significant first-generation Italo-Australian filmmaker, produced films in the decade from 1953 until 1963 which deal with the Italian diaspora, focusing quite specifically on distinct phases of the Italian migration experience in Australia.[…]Il contratto is a work of significant sociological and historical value, or, as Quentin Turnour described it, “one of the most extraordinary independent feature productions in Australian cinema history”. It is also Mangiamele’s film that would best fit what Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari theorised as “minor literature”, an expression of “that which a minority constructs within a major language”, and which is “affected with a high coefficient of deterritorialization”. The deterritorialisation intrinsic in the film’s expression is evident “when it is historically positioned against the film culture Giorgio was not yet a part of, but was to adopt”. “Il Contratto is the real thing”, Turnour argues, “in its use of found locations, cast and celebratory communal occasions; in its sense of urban place; and in its interest in the common plight of marginalized Australians”. Furthermore, the impact the film had on mainstream Australian cinema may be understood in terms analogous to what Deleuze and Guattari describe as “the revolutionary condition for every literature within the heart of what is called great (established) literature”.
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