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The Films of Roberto Rossellini / Edition 1
     

The Films of Roberto Rossellini / Edition 1

by Peter Bondanella
 

ISBN-10: 0521398665

ISBN-13: 9780521398664

Pub. Date: 11/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The Films of Roberto Rossellini traces the career of one of the most influential Italian filmmakers through close analysis of the seven films that mark important turning points in his evolution: The Man with a Cross (1943), Open City (1945), Paisan (1946), The Machine to Kill Bad People (1948-52), Voyage in Italy (1953), General della Rovere(1959), and The Rise

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The Films of Roberto Rossellini traces the career of one of the most influential Italian filmmakers through close analysis of the seven films that mark important turning points in his evolution: The Man with a Cross (1943), Open City (1945), Paisan (1946), The Machine to Kill Bad People (1948-52), Voyage in Italy (1953), General della Rovere(1959), and The Rise to Power of Louis XIV (1966). Beginning with Rossellini's work within the fascist cinema, it discusses his invention of neorealism, a new cinematic style that resulted in several classics during the immediate postwar period. Almost immediately, however, Rossellini's continually evolving style moved beyond mere social realism to reveal other aspects of the camera's gaze, as is apparent in the films he made with Ingrid Bergman during the 1950s; though unpopular, these works had a tremendous impact on the French New Wave critics and directors. Rossellini's late career marks a return to his nonrealist period, now critically reexamined, in such works as the commercially successful General della Rovere, and his eventual turn to the creation of didactic films for television.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521398664
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2003
Series:
Cambridge Film Classics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Rosselini and realism: the trajectory of a career; 2. L'uomo Dalla Croce: Rossellini and fascist cinema; 3. Roma Cittá Aperta and the birth of Italian neorealism; 4. Paisá and the rejection of traditional narrative cinema; 5. La Macchina Ammazzacattivi: doubts about the movie camera as a morally redemptive force; 6. Viaggio in Italia: Ingrid Bergman and a new cinema of psychological introspection; 7. Il Generale Della Rovere: commercial success and a reconsideration of neorealism; 8. La Prise de Pouvoir Par Louis XIV: toward a didatic cinema for television; 9. Back matter; A. Footnaotes; B. Chronology; C. Filmography; D. Selected bibliography.

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