The Cinema of Italy

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Wallflower Press, 2004 - 271 pages
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The Cinema of Italy, a new addition to the 24 Frames series, looks at the historical and aesthetic connections of some of Italy's most important films with both Italian and Western film culture. Spanning almost a century of film productions and organised chronologically, the volume examines recurring thematic and stylistic features. Together with the crucial lessons of such neorealist masterpieces as Rossellini's Paisan and De Sica's Bicycle Thieves, The Cinema of Italy looks at how Italian cinema has dealt - before and since neorealism - with the nation's past and present history (1860, Senso, The Conformist, Lamerica), with the so-called Southern question (Assunta Spina, Salvatore Giuliano, Padre Padrone), as well as with modern configurations of work-life and gender relationships through the films of Olmi, Pasolini, Antonioni, Cavani and Wertmüller. The Cinema of Italy also considers the very personal, but never politically apathetic works of Fellini, Ferreri and Moretti and reserves a special attention to those film-makers (Argento and Leone) whose cinema directly addresses such international film genres as horror and western.

 

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Contents

GLI UOMINI CHE MASCALZONI MEN WHAT RASCALS Marcia Landy
11
PAISA PAISAN Giuliana Muscio
31
RISC AMARO BITTER RICE Antonio C Vitti
53
LA STRADA Peter Bondanella
73
ROCCO E I SUOI FRATELLI ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS Anne Hudson
93
DIVORZIO ALLITALIANA DIVORCE ITALIAN STYLE John David Rhodes
113
SALVATORE GIULIANO Geoffrey NowellSmith
133
DESERTO ROSSO RED DESERT Peter Brunette
153
is FILM DAMORE E DANARCHIA LOVE AND ANARCHY Millicent Marcus
183
PROFONDO ROSSO DEEP RED Giorgio Bertellini
213
CARO DIARO DEAR DIARY Laura Rascaroli
235
Filmography
255
Index
269
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Giorgio Bertellini is assistant professor of Film and Video Studies and Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan, and is the author of Emir Kusturica(1996).

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