Shoot!: The Notebooks of Serafino Gubbio, Cinematograph Operator / Edition 1

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Overview

Originally published in Italian in 1915, Shoot! is one of the first novels to take as its subject the heady world of early motion pictures. Based on the absurdist journals of fictional Italian camera operator Serafino Gubbio, Shoot! documents the infancy of film in Europe—complete with proto-divas, laughable production schedules, and cost-cutting measures with priceless effects-—and offers a glimpse of the modern world through the camera's lens.

Shoot!, presented here in its 1927 English translation, is a classic example of Nobel Prize-winning Sicilian playwright Luigi Pirandello's (1867-1936) literary talent and genius for blurring the line between art and reality. From the film studio Kosmograph, Pirandello's Gubbio steadily winds the crank of his camera by day and scribbles with his pen by night, revealing the world both mundane and melodramatic that unfolds in front of his camera. Through Gubbio's narrative—saturated with fantasy and folly—Pirandello grapples with the philosophical implications of modernity. Like much of Pirandello's work, Shoot! parodies human weaknesses, drawing attention to the themes of isolation and madness as emerging tendencies in the modern world. 

Enhanced by new critical commentaries, Shoot! is an entertaining caricature, capturing early twentieth-century Italian filmmaking and revealing its truths as only a parody can.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The Nobel Prize-winning Italian author was perhaps the first to write a novel about the film industry. Released in 1915, this is a fictional portrait of an Italian camera operator and the cast and crew of a silent film. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Toronto Globe & Mail
"A behind-the-scenes look at the first years of filmmaking and a hilarious dark satire on Italian society."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226669823
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 1/16/2006
  • Series: Cinema and Modernity Series Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sicilian writer Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936) is the author of several novels, short stories, and plays, including Six Characters in Search of an Author. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1934. C. K. Scott Moncrieff (1889-1930) translated many of Marcel Proust's writings, among other important works. P. Adams Sitney is professor of the Council of the Humanities and Visual Arts at Princeton University and the author of Visionary Film: An American Avant-Garde in the 20th Century

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Table of Contents

Tom Gunning - Introduction: The Diva, the Tiger, and the Three-Legged Spider
Luigi Pirandello - Shoot!
Luigi Pirandello - Will Talkies Abolish the Theater?
P. Adams Sitney - Luigi Pirandello's Shoot!

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