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Visconti : Explorations of Beauty and Decay - Henry Bacon

Visconti

Explorations of Beauty and Decay

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Published: 17th August 1998
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In this study, the first in the English language to consider Luchino Visconti's entire oeuvre, Henry Bacon examines the films of one of Italy's preeminent filmmakers, against the cultural, historical, and biographical contexts in which they were made. The author focuses on three fundamental themes of Visconti's cinematic output: his varying styles and strategies of audiovisual narration, which create enthralling images of individuals and societies at a given moment in their development; his ability to take literary works and other cultural influences into his possession and recreate them as a highly individualized cinema; and the interplay between the filmmaker's intense feeling for life, art, and beauty and his critical detachment, disillusion, and painful awareness of death and decay. In Bacon's analysis Visconti emerges as a twentieth-century inheritor and renewer of the nineteenth-century narrative tradition, especially that of the novel and the opera.

"This readable, rich study of Luchino Visconti's 14 feature adn three short films grew out of the author's dissertation. Shrewdly attuned to the range of cinematic expression, especially the effects of music, Bacon provides the best study to date of this major stylist, who uniquely extended 19th-century narrative traditions of opera and the novel into the new aesthetics of cinema and the radical disintegrations of the 20th century. All collections." Choice

Introduction
Visconti and neorealism
Ossessione
The background, theory, and practice of neorealism
La Terra Trema
Bellissima
Our Women
The Risorgimento Films
Senso
The Leopard
The Family and Modern Italian Society
Visconti's two families
Rocco and his brothers
Sandra
The Witch Burned Alive
Conversation piece
Visconti and Germany
Visconti, Thomas Mann and two aspects of Europe
The Job
The Damned
Death in Venice
Ludwig
Visconti as an interpreter of European literature
Experiencing literature and cinema
White Nights
The Stranger
Remembrance of things past
The Innocent
Filmography
Stage productions
Unrealised film projects
Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521599603
ISBN-10: 0521599601
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 17th August 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.41