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Italian Film : National Film Traditions - Marcia Landy

Italian Film

National Film Traditions

Paperback Published: 15th August 2000
ISBN: 9780521649773
Number Of Pages: 458

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Italian Film examines the extraordinary cinematic tradition of Italy, from the silent era to the present. Analyzing film within the framework of Italy's historical, social, political, and cultural evolution during the twentieth century, Marcia Landy traces the construction of a coherent national cinema and its changes over time. Examining the cinematic uses of landscape, architecture, regional, rural, and metropolitan locales, and representations of social customs and rituals, Landy also discusses genres, stars, narrative and anti-narrative forms. This study traces how social institutions as well as Italian notions of masculinity and femininity are dealt with in cinema and how they are central to the conceptions (and misconceptions) of national identity. It also demonstrates the vital links between Italian film and other art forms, including opera, popular music, literature, and painting. A comprehensive survey of this subject, Italian Film also offers fresh readings of key films from each period surveyed.

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxiii
Introductionp. 1
Early Italian Cinema Attractionsp. 21
National History as Retrospective Illusionp. 48
Challenging the Folklore of Romancep. 72
Comedy and the Cinematic Machinep. 98
The Landscape and Neorealism, Before and Afterp. 121
Gramsci and Italian Cinemap. 149
History, Genre, and the Italian Westernp. 181
La famiglia: The Cinematic Family and the Nationp. 205
A Cinema of Childhoodp. 234
The Folklore of Femininity and Stardomp. 261
Conversion, Impersonation, and Masculinityp. 309
Cinema on Cinema and on Televisionp. 344
Notesp. 381
Bibliographyp. 399
Filmographyp. 409
Indexp. 417
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ISBN: 9780521649773
ISBN-10: 0521649773
Series: National Film Traditions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 458
Published: 15th August 2000
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.34 x 15.62  x 2.44
Weight (kg): 0.65

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