In cooperation with the Permanent Seminar, the Udine International Film Studies Conference, 23-26 March, 2009, was on the theme: In The Very Beginning and At The Very End. The goal was to study how early cinema was defined and framed in relation to the artistic and cultural phenomena of its times under as many national conditions as possible. At the same time it investigated its contemporary transformations subject to the impulse of the so-called “digital revolution.” This includes cinema’s links with new technological phenomena such as personal computers and cellular telephones as well as the various manifestations and offshoots of an emerging “digital cinema.”

This parallel approach enabled focus on two radically distinct but strangely similar periods one hundred years apart. Thus it was hoped to understand how the cinema responds to the needs of specific periods, by producing, at the very same time, out-of-synch responses to its own context.