A History of Italian Cinema

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Oct 19, 2017 - Performing Arts - 752 pages
A History of Italian Cinema, 2nd edition is the much anticipated update from the author of the bestselling Italian Cinema - which has been published in four landmark editions and will celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2018. Building upon decades of research, Peter Bondanella and Federico Pacchioni reorganize the current History in order to keep the book fresh and responsive not only to the actual films being created in Italy in the twenty-first century but also to the rapidly changing priorities of Italian film studies and film scholars.

The new edition brings the definitive history of the subject, from the birth of cinema to the present day, up to date with a revised filmography as well as more focused attention on the melodrama, the crime film, and the historical drama. The book is expanded to include a new generation of directors as well as to highlight themes such as gender issues, immigration, and media politics. Accessible, comprehensive, and heavily illustrated throughout, this is an essential purchase for any fan of Italian film.
 

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Contents

An Ancient Cradle for a Newborn Medium The Rise of Silent Cinema in Italy
1
Industry and Ideology The Talkies during the Fascist Era
23
Neorealism A Revolutionary and Problematic New Film Aesthetic
63
Neorealisms Many Faces Widening the Range of the Cameras Eye
101
The Cinema of the Reconstruction and the Return of Melodrama
133
Entertainment on an Epic Scale The Italian Peplum
163
Commedia allitaliana Social Criticism for Laughters Sake
185
The Italian Art Film Auteurism in Visconti Antonioni Fellini and De Sica
223
A Fistful of Pasta Sergio Leone and the Spaghetti Western
395
Mystery Gore and Mayhem The Italian Giallo
431
The Poliziesco Italian Crime Films from the 1970s to the Present
475
Italys Truly Popular Genre Tragicomedy from the 1980s to the Present
515
A Fellinian Ascendant The Auteur in Contemporary Italian Cinema
547
Weaving Present and Past The Contemporary Italian Drama
591
Notes
631
Bibliography
662

Neorealisms Legacy to a New Generation and the Italian Political Film
271
Myth Marx and Freud in Pier Paolo Pasolini and Bernardo Bertolucci
325
The Spaghetti Nightmare The Heyday of Italian Horror Films
363
Photo Credits
696
Index
697
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Peter Bondanella is the author of a number of groundbreaking books such as: 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 was Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature, Film Studies and Italian at Indiana University Bloomington, USA.

Federico Pacchioni is Sebastian Paul & Marybelle Musco Chair of Italian Studies at Chapman University, Orange, California, USA. In his research, he focuses on cases of artistic synergy and intermediality across Italian cinema, literature, and theatre. He is the author of numerous articles and of the monograph Inspiring Fellini: Literary Collaborations behind the Scenes (2014).

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