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Walking with Ghosts
Folkestone Harbour Arm, Harbour Approach Road, Folkestone, UK


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Walking with Ghosts was staged for 84 hours at Folkestone Harbour Arm Station in November 2022.
Interweaving past and present to explore the impact of war on Folkestone over the last 100 years, the whole programme took place over 84 hours: from 11am on Friday 11 November to 11pm on Monday 14 November 2022. This is the length of time it would have taken the dead from the First World War to march past the Cenotaph.

Walkshop 3: So it Goes

CC-BY-NC: Elspeth Penfold

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Penfold, E. (2023). Walking with Ghosts. walk · listen · create.

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A highly influential ideologue of neorealism, scriptwriter and director Cesare Zavattini suggested “pedinare,” the Italian word for stalking or shadowing, as a technique for filmmaking. Pedinare in cinema entailed “tailing someone like a detective, not determining what the character does but seeking to find out what is about to ensue.” The etymology of the word in Italian suggests “legwork” as it is derived from the Italian word for foot, “piede.” It is possible to suggest that the proliferation of images of walking in Italian Neorealism is closely linked to the technique of pedinamento, not because all neorealist filmmakers were followers of Zavattini, but because going out onto the street to encounter the everyday life of post-war Italian cities and creating cinematic tools to articulate these encounters were major concerns for the filmmakers of that era.

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