Andr Bazin and Italian Neorealism

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André Bazin and Italian Neorealism presents a new selection of André Bazin's writings on Vittorio De Sica, Roberto Rossellini, and Federico Fellini; lesser known but important neorealist works such as The Roof, Forbidden Christ, and Love in the City; and vital topics like realism versus reality, neorealism's eclipse amid postwar Italy's economic prosperity, and the relationship between neorealism and propaganda. There are also essays on art and politics, film and comedy, and cinema and the avant-garde.
The book also features a sizable scholarly apparatus including explanatory notes, an extensive index, a contextual introduction to Bazin's life and work, a comprehensive Bazin bibliography, and credits of the films discussed. This volume thus represents a major contribution to the discipline of cinema studies, as well as a testament to the continuing influence of one of film's pre-eminent critical thinkers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441170750
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 9/15/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,501,920
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

André Bazin (1918-58) was one of the most influential film critics and theorists of the Twentieth Century. A co-founder of Cahiers du cinéma, he is widely considered to be the chief instigator of auteur theory.

Bert Cardullo is Professor of Media and Communication at the Izmir University of Economics in Turkey. His books include Bazin at Work, Federico Fellini: Interviews, Jean Renoir: Interviews, and Vittorio De Sica: Director, Actor, Screenwriter.

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Table of Contents

"Defining the Real: The Film Theory and Criticism of André Bazin," by Bert Cardullo

"What Is Neorealism?" by Bert Cardullo

"An Aesthetic of Reality: Cinematic Realism and the Italian School of the Liberation." (Jan. 1948)

La Terra Trema (Visconti, 1948). (1948)

Germany, Year Zero (Rossellini, 1947). (1949)

Bicycle Thieves (De Sica, 1948). (Nov. 1949)

"Vittorio De Sica: Metteur en Scène." (1951)

Heaven over the Marshes (Genina, 1949). (May 1951)

"Neorealism, Opera, and Propaganda: Forbidden Christ" (Malaparte, 1950). (July-Aug. 1951)

The Road to Hope (Germi, 1950). (Feb. 1952)

Two Cents' Worth of Hope (Castellani, 1951). (July 1952)

Umberto D. (De Sica, 1952). (Oct. 1952)

"In Italy." (1953)

Europe '51 (Rossellini, 1952). (1953)

"Will the Italian Cinema Betray Itself?" (Dec. 1954)

La Strada (Fellini, 1954). (May 1955)

Gold of Naples (De Sica, 1954). (June 1955)

"In Defense of Rossellini." (Aug. 1955)

"De Sica and Rossellini." (Sept. 1955)

Senso (Visconti, 1954). (Feb. 1956)

Il Bidone (Fellini, 1955). (March 1956)

The Roof (De Sica, 1956). (Dec. 1956)

"Neorealism Returns: Love in the City" (Fellini et alia, 1953). (March 1957)

I Vitelloni (Fellini, 1953). (Oct. 1957)

"Fellini's Voyage to the End of Neorealism: The Nights of Cabiria [1957]." (Nov. 1957)




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