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Il Cinema Ritrovato 2017

Il Cinema Ritrovato is a festival in constant expansion: since I first attended it in 2003, it has grown bigger and bigger, acquiring new screens and theatres, and the amount of films presented has long ceased to be within the...

S. leucophylla – the flower has lost its petals. Photo Jonathan Gobbi.

Sarracenia

Tall and slender, elegantly veined and often brightly coloured, Sarracenia is a personal favourite of mine – in front of a good selection of specimens I really have to control myself or I would buy them all. There are currently...

Still from Anthony Asquith’s Shooting Stars

Il cinema ritrovato 2016

If you’re into silent films, or you have ever lived in Bologna, you’ve probably heard of Il Cinema Ritrovato – the festival devoted to film archives and their content: great classics and forgotten gems, obscure fragments and lots of surprises....

Dionaea muscipula. Photo Jonathan Gobbi.

Dionaea

“I should note that in those days, professor Bulwer was teaching his students about the dreadful methods of carnivorous plants” an intertitle warns us, in gothic lettering on a green-tinted background “one viewed with horror the mysterious workings of nature”....

Photo Jonathan Gobbi.

Heliamphora

“Monsters from the dawn of man’s existence might still roam these heights unchallenged, imprisoned and protected by unscalable cliffs”(1) wrote British explorer Percy H. Fawcett about his expedition to Venezuela in 1911 and the effect his tales had on the...

D. Filiformis. Photo Jonathan Gobbi.

Drosera

“At this present moment, I care more about Drosera than about the origin of all the species”, Darwin wrote to Charles Lyell in 1860, “but I will not publish on Drosera till next year, for I am frightened and astounded...

Sarracenia gronovii Alph.Wood [as Sarracenia drummondii H.B. Croom]
   Houtte, L. van, Flore des serres et des jardin de l’Europe, vol. 10: p. 239, t. 1071 (1855)

Carnivorous Plants: An Introduction

To be considered carnivorous, a plant has to fit three criteria: actively attract and kill its prey, have developed a mechanism to digest it, and derive significant nutritional gain from the process. To be considered an ‘expert grower’ of carnivorous...