Hollywood Italians: Dagos, Palookas, Romeos, Wise Guys, and Sopranos

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2005 M12 29 - 352 pages
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From the silent era and The Black Hand (1906) to HBO's hit series The Sopranos, Hollywood has had a love-hate affair with Italian Americans. Now in paperback, Hollywood Italians is a celebration of nearly a century of images of Italians in American motion pictures and their often under-appreciated, underpraised, and truly remarkable contribution to popular culture.

Hollywood Italians covers the careers of dozens of stars among them Rudolph Valentino, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, John Travolta, Sylvester Stallone, Marisa Tomei, and James Galdolfini. In addition, the book reviews the work of such Italian American directors as Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese in a fresh light. In all, Hollywood Italians discusses scores of films with a concentration on their literary and European-cinematic roots. The book is capped by a no-holds-barred examination of The Godfather and its two sequels as well as the international television phenomenon The Sopranos.

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Raging Bull, Moonstruck, The Black Hand, and My Cousin Vinny are just a few of the many films that feature Italian Americans. Bondanella (comparative literature & Italian, Indiana Univ.; Italian ... Read full review

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Marilyn Monroe's real name is Nancy Cusumano, her both parents were born in Sicily. I read that if mentioned in the book, in any way, which she is mentioned it means you are Italian American, well he does mention her and she is in the contents. But too bad, shame on America, and Peter Bondanella that he didn't just say her name was Nancy Cusumano. In a book published in 1996,
A Students Guide to Italian American Geneology, it is mentioned that Rudolph Valentino and Marilyn Monroe are the most famous Italian Americans in film.

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About the author (2005)

Peter Bondanella is the author of the groundbreaking Italian Cinema: From Neorealism to the Present, Hollywood Italians, The Cinema of Federico Fellini, and The Films of Roberto Rossellini. In 2009, he was elected to the European Academy of Sciences and the Arts for his contributions to the history of the Italian cinema and his translations or editions of Italian literary classics (Dante, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Vasari, Cellini). He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature, Film Studies, and Italian at Indiana University and lives in St. George, Utah.

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