The Cinema of Economic Miracles: Visuality and Modernization in the Italian Art Film / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 40%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $3.00
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 86%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (19) from $3.00   
  • New (6) from $12.67   
  • Used (13) from $3.00   


The Italian art cinema of the 1960s is known worldwide for its brilliance and vitality. Yet rarely has this cinema been considered in relation to the profound economic and cultural changes that transformed Italy during the sixties—described as the “economic miracle.” Angelo Restivo argues for a completely new understanding of that cinema as a negotiation between a national aesthetic tradition of realism and a nascent postmodern image culture.
Restivo studies numerous films of the period, focusing mainly on the works of Pier Paolo Pasolini and Michelangelo Antonioni. He finds that these auteurs’ films reworked the neorealist aesthetic developed in the 1940s and 1950s, explored issues brought to the fore by the subsequent consumer boom, and presaged developments central to both critical theory and the visual arts in the 1980s and 1990s. Drawing on the theories of Lacan, Zizek, Benjamin, Foucault, Jameson, and Deleuze, he shines new light on such films as Pasolini’s Accattone and Teorema, and Antonioni’s Red Desert and Blow-Up. Restivo’s model for understanding the relationship of the 1960s Italian art film to its cultural contexts also has implications that extend to the developing national cinemas of countries such as Brazil and Taiwan.
The Cinema of Economic Miracles will interest scholars and students in all areas of film studies, especially those studying theories of the image, national cinema theory, and Italian cinema, and to those engaged in poststructuralist theory, philosophy, and comparative literature.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Theoretically sophisticated, politically astute, and historically informed, this is a brilliant work, one that will be a productive model for the future study of Italian cinema as well as the investigation of national cinema in general. There is no doubt that this is one of the best books ever written in English on Italian cinema, and by far the most theoretically advanced. Restivo’s fascinating exploration of questions of subjectivity, space, and nation will be of great interest to scholars in fields beyond Italian cinema as well.”—Peter Brunette, author of Roberto Rossellini

“This book is far above the usual histories of national cinema. It combines political analysis, psychoanalytic reading, and close cinematic explication with Restivo’s breathtaking first-hand knowledge of Italian socio-political history, enabling him to locate each author in a specific context and to discern connotations that are out of reach for most Anglo-Saxon cinema historians.”—Slavoj Zizek, author of Gaze and Voice as Love Objects

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822327998
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Series: Post-Contemporary Interventions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Angelo Restivo is Assistant Professor of English at East Carolina University.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Part I: Neorealism and Nation
1. Writing the National Cinema
2. Neorealism and the Stain
Part II: The Nation, The Body, and Pasolini
3. Tropes of Modernization: The Bandit and the Road
4. Spatial Transformations: Mapping the New Italy
5. Pasolini and the Limits of Resistance
Part III: Antonioni and the Postmodern Sublime
6. The Object Antonioni
7. The Sublime and the Disaster
Part IV: Boundaries
8. The Erotics of the Periphery
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)