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The Gaze and the Labyrinth : The Cinema of Liliana Cavani - Gaetana Marrone

The Gaze and the Labyrinth

The Cinema of Liliana Cavani

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Published: 30th January 2000
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In this, the first comprehensive book on Liliana Cavani, Gaetana Marrone redraws the map of postwar Italian cinema to make room for this extraordinary filmmaker, whose representations of transgressive eroticism, spiritual questing, and psychological extremes test the limits of the medium, pushing it into uncharted areas of discovery. Cavani's film "The Night Porter" (1974) created a sensation in the United States and Europe. But in many ways her critically renowned endeavors--which also include "Francesco di Assisi, Galileo, I cannibali, Beyond Good and Evil, The Berlin Affair, " and several operas and documentaries--remain enigmatic to audiences. Here Marrone presents Cavani's work as a cinema of ideas, showing how it takes pleasure in the telling of a story and ultimately revolts against all binding ideological and commercial codes.

The author explores the rich visual language in which Cavani expresses thought, and the cultural icons that constitute her style and images. This approach affords powerful insights into the intricate interlacing of narrated events. We also come to understand the importance assigned to the gaze in the genesis of desire and the acquisition of knowledge. The films come to life in this book as the classical tragedies Cavani intended, where rebels and madmen experience conflict between historical and spiritual reality, the present and the past. Offering intertextual analyses within such fields as psychology, history, and cultural studies, along with production information gleaned from Cavani's personal archives, Marrone boldly advances our understanding of an intriguing, important body of cinematic work.

Winner of the 2000 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize, Italian Literary Studies "Marrone provides detailed analyses of Cavani's films within the framework of the history of ideas and convincingly argues for the depth and seriousness of the director's art... Informed by interviews with Cavani and materials from the director's own archives, this title is recommended for all readers."--Choice

List of Photographic Reproductions
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 3 Pt
The Labyrinth: Cognition and Tragic Imaginationp. 15
Francesco di Assisi: The Medieval Chronicle and the Establishing of Physical Realityp. 17
Realism against Illusion: The Ceremonial Divestiture of Power in Galileop. 37
Metaphors of Revolt: The Dialogic Silence in I cannibalip. 57 Pt
The Transgressive Gaze: Style as Tensionp. 79
Toward a Negative Mythopoeia: Spectacle Memory, and Representation in The Night Porterp. 81
Staging the Gaze: Beyond Good and Evilp. 116
Theatricality and Reflexivity in The Berlin Affairp. 140 Pt
Metaphors of Visionp. 159
The Architectonics of Form: Francesco and Milarepap. 161
The Essential Solitude: A Conclusionp. 188
Notesp. 195
Filmographyp. 251
Bibliographyp. 259
Indexp. 305
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ISBN: 9780691008738
ISBN-10: 0691008736
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 30th January 2000
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.54