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

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A&C Black, 2004 - Performing Arts - 352 pages
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From the silent era and The Black Hand (1906) to The Sopranos, Hollywood has had a love-hate affair with Italian Americans. This book is a celebration of nearly one hundred years of images of Italians in American motion pictures. It covers all the stars as well as directors: Danny Aiello, Frank Capra, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro, Brian De Palma, Leonardo Di Caprio, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Dean Martin, Vincente Minnelli, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Martin Scorsese, Frank Sinatra, Marisa Tomei, John Travolta, Rudolph Valentino, and scores of others. Dozens of films are discussed, including, very often, their literary and European-cinematic roots. Hollywood Italians is capped by a definitive examination of Coppola's Godfather films 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

Contents

Introduction
9
Acknowledgments
15
Hollywood Italian Prize Fighters
92
Hollywood Italian Lovers
132
Hollywood Italian Gangsters
172
Hollywood Italian Gangsters Yuk It Up
282
The Postmodern Hollywood Italian Famiglia
296
Notes
318
Select Bibliography
336
Index
342
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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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