Popular Italian Cinema

The book interrogates the very meaning of popular cinema in Italy to give a sense of its complexity and specificity in Italian cinema, from early to contemporary cinema.

Popular Italian Cinema

Author: Louis Bayman

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 0230300162

Page: 249

View: 991

Exciting new critical perspectives on popular Italian cinema including melodrama, poliziesco, the mondo film, the sex comedy, missionary cinema and the musical. The book interrogates the very meaning of popular cinema in Italy to give a sense of its complexity and specificity in Italian cinema, from early to contemporary cinema.

Italian Cinema Audiences

... with audience memories.2 The film in question is Roma città aperta (Rome
Open City, Roberto Rossellini, Italy, 1945), cited as the most popular Italian film
by those surveyed in our questionnaires (see Appendix for the most popular films
), ...

Italian Cinema Audiences

Author: Daniela Treveri Gennari

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1501347691

Page: 240

View: 948

We know a lot about the directors and stars of Italian cinema's heyday, from Roberto Rossellini to Sophia Loren. But what do we know about the Italian audiences that went to see their films? Based on the AHRC-funded project 'Italian Cinema Audiences 1945-60', Italian Cinema Audiences: Histories and Memories of Cinema-going in Post-war Italy draws upon the rich data collected by the project team (160 video interviews and 1000+ written questionnaires gathered from Italians aged 65 and over; archival material related to cinema distribution, exhibition and programming, box-office figures, and critical discussions of cinema from film journals and popular magazines of the period). For the first time, cinema's role in everyday Italian life, and its affective meaning when remembered by older people, are enriched with industrial analyses of the booming Italian film sector of the period, as well as contextual data from popular and specialized magazines.

Italian Cinema from the Silent Screen to the Digital Image

The appearance in the film of popular Neapolitan stars Eduardo, Totò, Titina De
Filippo, and Dante Maggio doubtless contributed to its success. Yet it is
interesting to note that the film remains outside any canon of postwar Italian
cinema, ...

Italian Cinema from the Silent Screen to the Digital Image

Author: Joseph Luzzi

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1441186425

Page: 440

View: 666

In this comprehensive guide, some of the world's leading scholars consider the issues, films, and filmmakers that have given Italian cinema its enduring appeal. Readers will explore the work of such directors as Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Roberto Rossellini as well as a host of subjects including the Italian silent screen, the political influence of Fascism on the movies, lesser known genres such as the giallo (horror film) and Spaghetti Western, and the role of women in the Italian film industry. Italian Cinema from the Silent Screen to the Digital Image explores recent developments in cinema studies such as digital performance, the role of media and the Internet, neuroscience in film criticism, and the increased role that immigrants are playing in the nation's cinema.

A Companion to Italian Cinema

“The Italian Sword‐and‐Sandal Film from Fabiola to Hercules and the Captive
Women: Texts and Contexts.” In Popular Italian Cinema: Culture and Politics in a
Postwar Society, edited by F. Brizio‐Skov, 17–51. London: I.B. Tauris. Creed, B.

A Companion to Italian Cinema

Author: Frank Burke

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444332287

Page: 648

View: 380

Written by leading figures in the field, A Companion to Italian Cinema re-maps Italian cinema studies, employing new perspectives on traditional issues, and fresh theoretical approaches to the exciting history and field of Italian cinema. Offers new approaches to Italian cinema, whose importance in the post-war period was unrivalled Presents a theory based approach to historical and archival material Includes work by both established and more recent scholars, with new takes on traditional critical issues, and new theoretical approaches to the exciting history and field of Italian cinema Covers recent issues such as feminism, stardom, queer cinema, immigration and postcolonialism, self-reflexivity and postmodernism, popular genre cinema, and digitalization A comprehensive collection of essays addressing the prominent films, directors and cinematic forms of Italian cinema, which will become a standard resource for academic and non-academic purposes alike

A New Guide to Italian Cinema

This book is a complete reworking and update of Marga Cottino-Jones' popular A Student's Guide to Italian Film (1983, 1993) .

A New Guide to Italian Cinema

Author: C. Celli

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230601820

Page: 234

View: 228

This book is a complete reworking and update of Marga Cottino-Jones' popular A Student's Guide to Italian Film (1983, 1993) . This guide retains earlier editions' interest in renowned films and directors but is also attentive to the popular films which achieved box office success among the public.

Popular Italian Cinema

With striking insights into the links between popular culture and politics, Popular Italian Cinema will be indispensable for specialists in film and media studies, Italian and cultural studies, as well as social history.

Popular Italian Cinema

Author: Flavia Brizio-Skov

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 085772097X

Page: 320

View: 673

With its monsters, vampires and cowboys, Italian popular culture in the postwar period has generally been dismissed as a form of evasion or escapism. Here, four international scholars re-examine and reinterpret the era to show that popular Italian cinema was not only in tune with contemporary political and social trends, it also presaged the turmoil and rebellion of the 1960s and 1970s. Through a perceptive analysis of the cultural and political atmosphere of the times, we come to see how the changes wrought by modernization, urbanization, the rise of consumerism and the sexual revolution were reflected in popular cinema. The ‘sword and sandal’ film, based on Greco-Roman mythology and starring body-builders, was linked to the increasing conservatism and growing politicization of Italian film and society. Anxieties unleashed by the sexual revolution found expression in horror films and in the spaghetti western, particularly in violence against women, as a result of growing male anxiety towards female emancipation and a crisis in the prevailing patriarchal order. Comedy Italian-style re-worked the impact of the economic boom and a consumerist lifestyle, as a new middle-class recognized itself at the cinema. Together, this array of cinematic visions conveyed a plurality of messages that ranged from the more conservative and pro-establishment to the more rebellious and pro-revolutionary, at the same time that they responded to the emotional needs of an emerging mass audience and offered ways of binding together an increasingly distressed social order. With striking insights into the links between popular culture and politics, Popular Italian Cinema will be indispensable for specialists in film and media studies, Italian and cultural studies, as well as social history.

Traumatic Encounters in Italian Film

4 The postmodern Real: notes on the return of oedipus One of the recurrent
narrative themes in new Italian cinema is the ... di biciclette (Bicycle Thieves,
1948) to La vita e bella (Life is Beautiful, 1997) — a number of recent popular
Italian films ...

Traumatic Encounters in Italian Film

Author: Fabio Vighi

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 1841501409

Page: 201

View: 365

Bringing together film & psychoanalysis, this book excavates the repressed knowledge that lurks in the subconscious structure of the film narrative. It explores the relationship between filmmaking & its subliminal underside by locating & reading elusive traces of the subconscious.

The Cinema of Italy

MARIO CAMERINI , ITALY , 1932 Gli uomini che mascalzoni ( Men , What
Rascals !, 1932 ) is a pivotal film for understanding the rise of the popular Italian
cinema in the pre - World War Two years . Directed by Mario Camerini , Men ,
What ...

The Cinema of Italy

Author: Ruth Ben-Ghiat

Publisher: Wallflower Press

ISBN: 9781903364987

Page: 271

View: 113

Giorgio Bertellini examines the historical and aesthetic connections of some of Italy's most important films with both Italian and Western film culture.

Post War Italian Cinema

The Popularity of American and Italian Cinema in Post-War Italy and the
Response of the Catholic Church Ever since the First World War, Europe has
been one of the principal markets for Hollywood films. This success meant that
the ...

Post War Italian Cinema

Author: Daniela Treveri Gennari

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135894973

Page: 198

View: 383

This book focuses on the involvement of the United States and the Vatican in the Italian film industry between 1945 and 1960.€Gennari analyzes the€tensions between economic (film industry), political (government) and ideological pressures.

Italian Cinema

The trends in commercial film - making have been reflected in the popular cycles
of films that have appeared within the Italian industry since the late 1950s ; for
example , the peplum , ' the giallo , ' and the Western . Kim Newman has noted ...

Italian Cinema

Author: William Hope

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039102822

Page: 278

View: 910

"This book explores the evolution of Italian cinema over the last twenty years, with particular reference to modern masterpieces such as Tornatore's Oscar-winning Nuovo cinema paradiso. The volume focuses on the work of some of the most prominent directors of recent times, combining an auteurist perspective with an incisive overview of the most important thematic and stylistic developments in modern Italian film-making." --book cover.

A New Guide to Italian Cinema

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A New Guide to Italian Cinema

Author: Carlo Celli

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9781403975652

Page: 234

View: 792

This book is a complete reworking and update of Marga Cottino-Jones' popular A Student's Guide to Italian Film (1983, 1993) . This guide retains earlier editions' interest in renowned films and directors but is also attentive to the popular films which achieved box office success among the public.

Italian Film

Early Italian Cinema Attractions he Italian cinema of the silent era , like other
national cinemas , has undergone a ... to spectacle and in the context of early
cinema ' s relationship to the other arts and especially to the popular culture of its
time .

Italian Film

Author: Marcia Landy

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521649773

Page: 434

View: 998

Examines the extraordinary cinematic tradition of Italy, from the silent era to the present.

Italian Horror Film Directors

Many famous Italian directors got their start in these neo-realism films, the most
famous being Lucino Visconti and Roberto Rossellini. The Italian cinema of the
fantastic, however, was a genre that was rarely thought of, much less one that
was ...

Italian Horror Film Directors

Author: Louis Paul

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786487496

Page: 376

View: 673

There is no cinema with such effect as that of the hallucinatory Italian horror film. From Riccardo Freda’s I Vampiri in 1956 to Il Cartaio in 2004, this work recounts the origins of the genre, celebrates at length ten of its auteurs, and discusses the noteworthy films of many others associated with the genre. The directors discussed in detail are Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava, Mario Bava, Ruggero Deodato, Lucio Fulci, Umberto Lenzi, Antonio Margheriti, Aristide Massaccesi, Bruno Mattei, and Michele Soavi. Each chapter includes a biography, a detailed career account, discussion of influences both literary and cinematic, commentary on the films, with plots and production details, and an exhaustive filmography. A second section contains short discussions and selected filmographies of other important horror directors. The work concludes with a chapter on the future of Italian horror and an appendix of important horror films by directors other than the 50 profiled. Stills, posters, and behind-the-scenes shots illustrate the book.

Women Desire and Power in Italian Cinema

mentioned in the previous chapter, toward the end of the 1950s, some important
social changes influenced European political life as well as the Italian economy.
The Cold War began to ease, and in 1956, the European Common Market was ...

Women  Desire  and Power in Italian Cinema

Author: M. Cottino-Jones

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230105483

Page: 256

View: 502

Women, Desire, and Power in Italian Cinema offers, for the first time in Italian Cinema criticism, a contextual study of the representation of women in twentieth-century Italian films. Marga Cottino-Jones argues that the ways women are depicted on screen reflects a subconscious "sexual conservatism" typical of an Italian society rooted within a patriarchal ideology. The book then follows the slow but constant process of social awareness in the Italian society through women in film, especially after the 1950s. Comprehensive in scope, this book analyzes the films of internationally known male and female directors, such as Antonioni, Fellini, Rossellini, Visconti, Bertolucci, Benigni, Cavani, Wertmuller, Comencini, and Archibugi. Special consideration is given to the actresses and actors that have become the icons of Italian femininity and masculinity, such as Sofia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida, Silvana Mangano, Gian Carlo Giannini, Marcello Mastroianni, and Alberto Sordi.

A History of Italian Cinema

A History of Italian Cinema is the only comprehensive and up-to-date book on the subject available anywhere, in any language >

A History of Italian Cinema

Author: Peter Bondanella

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441160698

Page: 684

View: 474

A History of Italian Cinema is the only comprehensive and up-to-date book on the subject available anywhere, in any language >

Operatic and the Everyday in Postwar Italian Film Melodrama

Scholars of popular culture come to a point at which, to get closer to their topic,
they must turn around Baruch Spinoza's ... Outside of the conference circuit, if
feeling lazy I might say only that I'm writing on Italian cinema, if radical, on
popular ...

Operatic and the Everyday in Postwar Italian Film Melodrama

Author: Louis Bayman

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 074865643X

Page: 240

View: 703

Italian cinemas after the war were filled by audiences who had come to watch domestically-produced films of passion and pathos. These highly emotional and consciously theatrical melodramas posed moral questions with stylish flair, redefining popular ways of feeling about romance, family, gender, class, Catholicism, Italy, and feeling itself. The Operatic and the Everyday in Postwar Italian Film Melodrama argues for the centrality of melodrama to Italian culture. It uncovers a wealth of films rarely discussed before including family melodramas, the crime stories of neorealismo popolare and opera films, and provides interpretive frameworks that position them in wider debates on aesthetics and society. The book also considers the well-established topics of realism and arthouse auteurism, and re-thinks film history by investigating the presence of melodrama in neorealism and post-war modernism. It places film within its broader cultural context to trace the connections of canonical melodramatists like Visconti and Matarazzo to traditions of opera, the musical theatre of the sceneggiata, visual arts, and magazines. In so doing it seeks to capture the artistry and emotional experiences found within a truly popular form.

Italian Cinema

As well as illuminating the work of classic directors such as Visconti, Fellini, Rossellini, Antonioni and Rosi, the book explores the interaction between art and popular cinema, visual style and spectacle, space and architecture, gender ...

Italian Cinema

Author: Mary P. Wood

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: 9781845201616

Page: 256

View: 903

Italian film has always drawn on a wide range of popular themes--from ancient history to the mafia, the family, the Risorgimento, terrorism, corruption and immigration--and on an equally diverse range of film genres, from comedy to westerns, horror, soft-porn, epics and thrillers. Commercial constraints, state and European funding, international competition, as much as cultural and political trends, have all influenced the sort of films which get made and exported. Outlining the artistic, cultural, technical and commercial context of film, Italian Cinema presents a history from silent to contemporary film. In addition to illuminating the work of classic directors such as Visconti, Fellini, Rossellini, Antonioni and Rosi, the book also explores the interaction between art and popular cinema, visual style and spectacle, space and architecture, gender representations and politics.

A Companion to Film Comedy

A popular genre in Italian cinema, comedy responded more than other genres to
Italian audience's expectations to find entertainment and escapism in cinema
thus establishing its influence in the transformation of Italian social and cultural ...

A Companion to Film Comedy

Author: Andrew Horton

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118327845

Page: 584

View: 962

A wide-ranging survey of the subject that celebrates the variety and complexity of film comedy from the ‘silent’ days to the present, this authoritative guide offers an international perspective on the popular genre that explores all facets of its formative social, cultural and political context A wide-ranging collection of 24 essays exploring film comedy from the silent era to the present International in scope, the collection embraces not just American cinema, including Native American and African American, but also comic films from Europe, the Middle East, and Korea Essays explore sub-genres, performers, and cultural perspectives such as gender, politics, and history in addition to individual works Engages with different strands of comedy including slapstick, romantic, satirical and ironic Features original entries from a diverse group of multidisciplinary international contributors

La Dolce Morte

Studying Italian Cinema One immediate problem in studying Italian horror
cinema in particular, and to a lesser extent popular Italian cinema in general, is
the absence of published material on Italian film culture. The main textbooks tend
to omit ...

La Dolce Morte

Author: Mikel J. Koven

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 1461664160

Page: 206

View: 103

With the exception of die-hard aficionados of European or Italian horror cinema, most people may not have heard of giallo cinema or have seen many films in this subgenre of horror. Most academic film studies tend to ignore horror cinema in general and the giallo specifically. Critics often deride these films, which reveal more about the reviewers' own prejudices than any problem with the works themselves. As a counter to such biases, Mikel J. Koven argues for an alternative approach to studying these films, by approaching them as vernacular cinema—distinct from "popular cinema." According to Koven, to look at a film from a vernacular perspective removes the assumptions about what constitutes a "good" film and how a particular film is in some way "artistic." In La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film, Koven explores the history and evolution of this aspect of cinema, and places these films within the context of Italian popular filmmaking. He addresses various themes, motifs, and tropes in these films: their use of space, the murders, the role of the detective, the identity of the killer, issues of belief, excess, and the set-piece.