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Italian Cinema : Gender and Genre - Maggie Gunsberg

Italian Cinema

Gender and Genre

Hardcover Published: 1st March 2005
ISBN: 9780333751152
Number Of Pages: 243
For Ages: 9+ years old

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Maggie Gunsberg examines popular genre cinema in Italy during the 1950s and 1960s, focusing on melodrama, "commedia all'italiana," peplum, horror and the spaghetti western. These genres are explored from a gender standpoint which takes into account the historical and socio-economic context of cinematic production and consumption. An interdisciplinary feminist approach informed by current film theory and other perspectives (psychoanalytic, materialist, deconstructive), leads to the analysis of genre-specific representations of femininity and masculinity as constructed by the formal properties of film.

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"Maggie Gunsberg's book is an excellent and most welcome analysis of genre cinema in Italy, a form that has historically tended to be overlooked by Anglo-American criticism ... As the first book written in English to bring together an extended analysis of gender and genre in Italian cinema, it will be a vital tool for researchers and students alike, providing a new slant, rather than simply an introductory overview, to Italian cinema." - Clodagh Brook, Scope

Domestic Bliss: Desire and the Family in Melodrama
Commodifying Passions: Gender and Consumerism in Commedia all'italiana
Heroic Bodies: The Cult of Masculinity in the Peplum
Looking at Medusa: Investigating Femininity in the Horror Film
The Man With No Name: Masculinity as Style in the Spaghetti Western
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ISBN: 9780333751152
ISBN-10: 0333751159
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 9+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 243
Published: 1st March 2005
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1