Dante, Cinema, and Television

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Dante, Cinema, and Television by Amilcare Iannucci

The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) is one of the seminal works of western literature. Its impact on modern culture has been enormous, nourishing a plethora of twentieth century authors from Joyce and Borges to Kenzaburo Oe. Although Dante's influence in the literary sphere is well documented, very little has been written on his equally determining role in the evolution of the visual media unique to our times, namely, cinema and television. Dante, Cinema, and Television corrects this oversight.

The essays, from a broad range of disciplines, cover the influence of the Divine Comedy from cinema's silent era on through to the era of sound and the advent of television, as well as its impact on specific directors, actors, and episodes, on national/regional cinema and television, and on genres. They also consider the different modes of appropriation by cinema and television. Dante, Cinema, and Television demonstrates the many subtle ways in which Dante's Divine Comedy has been given 'new life' by cinema and television, and underscores the tremendous extent of Dante's staying power in the modern world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802086013
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 10/06/2004
Series: Toronto Italian Studies Series
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

The late Amilcare Iannucci was a professor in the Department of Italian Studies and the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. He was the author of a book on Dante, Forma ed evento nella Divina Commedia, and editor of Dante Today.

Table of Contents

Dante and Hollywood3
Early Cinema, Dante's Inferno of 1911, and the Origins of Italian Film Culture21
The Helios-Psiche Dante Trilogy51
Back to the Future: Dante and the Languages of Post-war Italian Film74
Beginning to Think about Salo97
The Off-Screen Landscape: Dante's Ravenna and Antonioni's Red Desert106
Spencer Williams and Dante: An African-American Filmmaker at the Gates of Hell129
Television, Translation, and Vulgarization: Reflections on Phillips' and Greenaway's A TV Dante145
Dopo Tanto Veder: Pasolini's Dante after the Disappearance of the Fireflies153
'Non Senti Come Tutto Questo Ti Assomiglia?' Fellini's Infernal Circles166
Dante and Canadian Cinema176
Dante and Cinema: Film across a Chasm189
Dante by Heart and Dante Declaimed: The 'Realization' of the Comedy on Italian Radio and Television213
Notes on Contributors225
Index of Films229
Index of Names235

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Charles Franco

'This book proves that scholarship may go beyond the traditional boundaries, through non-traditional devices such as cinema and television. It, therefore, confirms that there are no boundaries in the search to a better understanding of Dante, a literary giant who, in his wildest dreams, could not possibly have thought of his work finding its way through this new venue of communication.'

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