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Companion to Italian Cinema (Hardcover)

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If you want to get up- to speed on the latest and most significant research on Italian cinema, this is the place to start. The Companion provides overviews that orient the general reader and a rich mix of focused studies for the specialist. It revisits familiar themes (neo-realism, national character, great directors) with refreshing new readings, but broadens the cultural context with the inclusion of work on genres, stars, and audiences that subvert critical hierarchies. The writing engages with current theoretical debates without jargon. Analyses of overlooked phenomena such as dubbing, the role of the Catholic Church, and art/experimental film open up unusual perspectives. A sharp editorial intelligence brings coherence to a multi-faceted volume rich in insight and information.

Robert Lumley, University College London

Written by leading figures in the field and embracing the significant films, filmmakers, and historical moments of Italian cinema, A Companion to Italian Cinema re-maps the genre's rich history, capturing its celebrated intellectual and aesthetic verve and delineating its socio-political and formal contours from its origins to the early years of the 21st Century.

Including essays from both established and more recent scholars, the Companion considers traditional areas of research such as neorealism, auteur cinema, commedia all'italiana, Italian silent cinema, politics, Catholicism, and terrorism. A significant section of the volume is also dedicated to more recent issues such as feminism, queer cinema, immigration, and digitalization. This volume addresses major films in the history of Italian cinema, from Cabiria (1914) to La grande bellezza (2013), and major directors such as Rossellini, Fellini, Antonioni, and Bertolucci. The role of music and issues of distribution and reception are also considered, and a comprehensive overview of the history of Italian cinema studies is provided. The result is a comprehensive, cutting-edge collection that will become a standard resource for academic and non-academic purposes alike.
Number of Pages: 618
Genre: Performing Arts
Series Title: Wiley Blackwell Companions to National Cinemas
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Language: English
Street Date: April 17, 2017
TCIN: 52913430
UPC: 9781444332285
Item Number (DPCI): 248-49-5425
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