Streetwalking on a Ruined Map: Cultural Theory and the City Films of Elvira Notari / Edition 1 by Giuliana Bruno | 9780691025339 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Streetwalking on a Ruined Map: Cultural Theory and the City Films of Elvira Notari / Edition 1

Streetwalking on a Ruined Map: Cultural Theory and the City Films of Elvira Notari / Edition 1

by Giuliana Bruno
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691025339

ISBN-13: 9780691025339

Pub. Date: 11/30/1992

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Emphasizing the importance of cultural theory for film history, Giuliana Bruno enriches our understanding of early Italian film as she guides us on a series of "inferential walks" through Italian culture in the first decades of this century. This innovative approach—-the interweaving of examples of cinema with architecture, art history, medical discourse,

Overview

Emphasizing the importance of cultural theory for film history, Giuliana Bruno enriches our understanding of early Italian film as she guides us on a series of "inferential walks" through Italian culture in the first decades of this century. This innovative approach—-the interweaving of examples of cinema with architecture, art history, medical discourse, photography, and literature—addresses the challenge posed by feminism to film study while calling attention to marginalized artists. An object of this critical remapping is Elvira Notari (1875-1946), Italy's first and most prolific woman filmmaker, whose documentary-style work on street life in Naples, a forerunner of neorealism, was popularly acclaimed in Italy and the United States until its suppression during the Fascist regime. Since only fragments of Notari's films exist today, Bruno illuminates the filmmaker's contributions to early Italian cinematography by evoking the cultural terrain in which she operated. What emerges is an intertextual montage of urban film culture highlighting a woman's view on love, violence, poverty, desire, and death. This panorama ranges from the city's exteriors to the body's interiors. Reclaiming an alternative history of women's filmmaking and reception, Bruno draws a cultural history that persuasively argues for a spatial, corporal interpretation of film language.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691025339
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/30/1992
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
436
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Mapping Out Discourse: An Introduction3
Pt. ISuppressed Knowledge of Elvira Coda Notari and Neapolitan Film: A Historical Panorama
1Questions of History and Film in Italian Culture11
2Film Journals and Film Historiography24
Pt. IIFilm in the Cityscape: A Topoanalysis of Spectatorship
3Streetwalking around Plato's Cave, or The Unconscious Is Housed35
4Spectatorial Embodiments: Anatomies of the Visible and the Female Bodyscape58
Pt. IIIManufacturing Film Culture
5Dora Film: An Urban Production House79
6Women at Work: Manufacturing Movies105
7Dora Film of America: Women and Immigrants in the American Dream122
8Censorship: A Cut on the Wings of Desire137
Pt. IVThe Metropolitan Texture
9Fragments of an Analyst's Discourse: Lacunae147
10The Architecture of Public Melodrama: A Corporeality of the Street161
11Between the Feast and the Law: The Carnivalization of Narration187
12City Views: Filmic Cityscape, Artistic Perspective, and Touristic Travel201
Pt. VFemale Geographies
13Anatomy of an Analysis: The Authorial Noir233
14Popular Cinema and Women's Literature: The Transito of Female Discourse241
15Medical Figures: Hysteria and the Anatomy Lesson255
16Topographies of Dark Female Pleasures278
17Written on the Body: Eroticism, Death, and Hagiography309
Notes329
Filmography391
List of Illustrations399
Index405

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