BiographyAt 21 I became one of the youngest Italian daily film critic, but soon I was dissatisfied with journalism, which was becoming more and more popular in the bad sense of the word. Hence I devoted my free time to essays and books, both on live action and animation film. By the mid-1980s, I chose to investigate animation only, and in 2000 I turned to University teaching. My best years were 2013 and 2014, as a Visiting Professor at the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
To be a good scholar of animation I need to be knowledgeable in live action film, performing arts, literature, art and design, music, history, anthropology, mass-media theory and more.These are my areas of research, and they are all inspiring.
As a very atypical Italian, I don't like wine, spaghetti, pizza, tiramisu, espresso, soccer, motorcycles, opera, fashion, and mandolin. My personal interests most of the time overlap with my professional ones.
By: Giannalberto Bendazzi
On 10 November 2017, CRC Press published the monograph Twice the First. The opening title of the new FOCUS series, Twice the First tells in detail the story of Argentinean animator Quirino Cristiani (1896-1984), director of the first animated feature film in the world (El Apostol - The Apostle - 1917) and of the first animated sound feature film in the world (Peludopolis - id. - 1931). Before Giannalberto Bendazzi's discovery, the primacy was attributed to Lotte Reiniger (Germany) with her Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed (The Adventures of Prince Achmed, 1926).