The History of Italian Cinema: A Guide to Italian Film from Its Origins to the Twenty-First Century

The History of Italian Cinema: A Guide to Italian Film from Its Origins to the Twenty-First Century

by Gian Piero Brunetta
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691119899

ISBN-13: 9780691119892

Pub. Date: 07/25/2011

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The History of Italian Cinema is the most comprehensive guide to Italian film ever published. Written by the foremost scholar of Italian cinema and presented here for the first time in English, this landmark book traces the complete history of filmmaking in Italy, from its origins in the silent era through its golden age in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, and

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The History of Italian Cinema is the most comprehensive guide to Italian film ever published. Written by the foremost scholar of Italian cinema and presented here for the first time in English, this landmark book traces the complete history of filmmaking in Italy, from its origins in the silent era through its golden age in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, and its subsequent decline to its resurgence today.

Gian Piero Brunetta covers more than 1,500 films, discussing renowned masters including Roberto Rossellini and Federico Fellini, as well as directors lesser known outside Italy like Dino Risi and Ettore Scola. He examines overlooked Italian genre films such as horror movies, comedies, and Westerns, and he also devotes attention to neglected periods like the Fascist era. Brunetta illuminates the epic scope of Italian filmmaking, showing it to be a powerful cultural force in Italy and leaving no doubt about its enduring influence abroad. Encompassing the social, political, and technical aspects of the craft, he recreates the world of Italian cinema, giving readers rare insights into the actors, cinematographers, film critics, and producers that have made Italian cinema unique. Brunetta's passion as a true fan of Italian movies comes across on every page of this panoramic guide.

A delight for film lovers everywhere, The History of Italian Cinema reveals the full artistry of Italian film.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691119892
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/25/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

PREFACE vii
INTRODUCTION The Epic History of Italian Cinema 1
CHAPTER 1 The Silent Era 15
CHAPTER 2 From Sound to Salò 67
CHAPTER 3 From Neorealism to La dolce vita 108
CHAPTER 4 From the Boom Years to the Years of Terror 167
CHAPTER 5 From the 1970s to the Present 245
EPILOGUE 2007 315
NOTES 323
INDEX OF NAMES 345
INDEX OF FILMS 363

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