"Maria Montessori. Una vita per i bambini": a Biopic That Blends Memory, Interpretation and Reality

Simonetta Polenghi*

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Abstract

In 2007 the TV movie Maria Montessori. Una vita per i bambini (Maria Montessori. A life for children) was broadcast in Italy, becoming one of the most watched films of the year. It is a biopic of Montessori, covering her life from her entry to the Faculty of Medicine in Rome in 1893 up to 1934, when she left Italy. The movie concentrates on her love story with Montesano, her relationship with her son Mario, and the creation of the Casa dei Bambini in Rome. Although some parts are historically accurate or plausible, others are fictional or incorrect. The movie was also broadcast in France and the Czech Republic, and the DVD was then dubbed in German and subtitled in Spanish on YouTube. This paper aims to explore the memory held of Montessori internationally, by analysing audience reactions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe School and Its Many Pasts. III. Collective Memories of School
EditorsJ. Meda, R. Sani
Pages721-731
Number of pages11
VolumeIII
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Keywords

  • biopic
  • history of education
  • television
  • cinema
  • collective memory

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