Comedy Italian Style: The Golden Age of Italian Film Comedies

Comedy Italian Style: The Golden Age of Italian Film Comedies

by Rémi Fournier Lanzoni

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826418227
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 05/01/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Rémi Lanzoni earned his M.A. in French from the University of South Carolina at Columbia, USA, and his PhD in French from Florida State University, USA. He also earned a second PhD in Italian from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. He has written two books, French Cinema: From its Beginnings to Present (2003, Continuum) and Comedy Italian Style: The Golden Age of Italian Film Comedies (Continuum, 2009) as well as several articles on Italian cinema.

Table of Contents

- PART ONE: BEFORE THE ADVENT OF THE COMMEDIA ALL'ITALIANA
CHAPTER I: THE FORERUNNERS

- The Origins of Italian Comedy

- The Silent Era and the Prestige of Hollywood Comedies

- The Prewar Era, Cinecittà and Telefoni Bianchi

- The Marc'Aurelio and the New Screenwriters

CHAPTER II: THE AGE OF NEOREALISMO ROSA

- Neorealism and Neorealismo Rosa in Question

- A Special Case in Italian Comedy: Totò

- Differences between Commedia Italiana and Commedia all'italiana

- The Forerunners of the Comedy Italian Style

PART TWO: THE YEARS OF EUPHORIA AND THE COMMEDIA ALL'ITALIANA

CHAPTER I: ITALIAN COMEDY IN THE 1960s

- Italy During the Years of Economic Miracle

- Italian Film Industry in the 1960s and State Censorship

- The Art of Getting by and the Commedia all'italiana

CHAPTER II: THE PROTAGONISTS OF THE NEW COMEDY STYLE

- Dino Risi and the Art of Caustic Satire

- Mario Monicelli and Historical Comedies

- Regional Comedies Pietro Germi's Style

- Alberto Lattuada: Between Versatile and Eclectic Comedy

- The Newcomers to the Commedia: Antonio Pietrangeli and Elio Petri

PART THREE: THE FINAL ACT OF THE COMMEDIA ALL'ITALIANA

CHAPTER I: ITALIAN COMEDY IN THE 1970s

- Italy During the Lead Years

- Italian Film Industry in the 1970s

- Ettore Scola and the Discourse of Cynicism

- Marco Ferreri's Grotesque Style

CHAPTER II: THE LAST PROTAGONISTS

- Dino Risi: A Legacy in Evolution

- Lina Wertmüller: When Humor challenges the Rules

- Federico Fellini's Successful Return to Comedy

- A Comedy of Frustrations: Franco Brusati

- Luigi Zampa's Satirical Cinema

- The Human Comedy of Alberto Sordi

- Mario Monicelli and the Difficult Years

- Luigi Comencini: the End of an Era

ABBREVIATIONS

APPENDIX

- Academy Awards

- Cannes Film Festival

- Venice Film Festival

- David di Donatello

- Nastri d'Argento

- Italian Comedies at the Box Office

NOTES

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

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