The Cinema of Italy

Edited by Giorgio Bertellini. Preface by Gian Piero Brunetta

Wallflower Press

The Cinema of Italy

Pub Date: January 2005

ISBN: 9781903364987

288 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $29.50£25.00

Pub Date: January 2005

ISBN: 9781903364994

288 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $80.00£66.00

The Cinema of Italy

Edited by Giorgio Bertellini. Preface by Gian Piero Brunetta

Wallflower Press

The Cinema of Italy, a new addition to the 24 Frames series, looks at the recurring historical, thematic and stylistic features of twenty-four of the most important Italian sound films. Viewing Italian cinema at the intersection of history, politics, art and popular culture, the 24 concise essays of this anthology contextualize each film within both Italian and Western film culture. Alongside the crucial lessons of neorealist masterpieces such as Rossellini's Paisan and De Sica's The Bicycle Thief, this collection looks at how Italian cinema has confronted both the nation's history (1860, Senso, The Conformist, Lamerica), the so-called "Southern question" (Salvatore Giuliano, Padre Padrone), as well as modern configurations of labor and gender relationships through the films of Camerini, De Santis, Olmi, Pasolini, Antonioni, Wertmüller, and the Taviani Brothers. The Cinema of Italy also considers the very personal works of Fellini, Ferreri and Moretti and gives special attention to those film-makers (Argento and Leone) whose cinema directly addresses such international film genres as horror and the western.
Preface, by Gian Piero Brunetta
1. Gli uomini che mascalzoni (Camerini) / Men What Rascals!, by Marcia Landy
2. 1860 (Blasetti), by Ruth Ben-Ghiat
3. Paisá (Rossellini) / Paisan, by Giuliana Muscio
4. Ladri di biciclette (de Sica) / The Bicycle Thief, by Carlo Celli
5. Riso amaro (de Santis) / Bitter Rice, by Antonio Vitti
6. Senso (Visconti), by C. Paul Sellors
7. La Strada (Fellini), by Peter Bondanella
8. La Ciociara / Two Women, by Ellen Nerenberg
9. Rocco e i suoi fratelli (Visconti) / Rocco and his Brothers, by Anne Hudson
10. Accattone (Pasolini), by Patrick Rumble
11. Divorzio all'Italiana / Divorce, Italian Style, by John David Rhodes
12. Il Posto (Olmi) / The Job, by Vito Zagarrio
13. Salvatore Giuliano (Rosi), by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith
14. Otto e mezzo(Fellini) / 8 1/2, by Jacqueline Reich
15. Deserto Rosso (Antonioni) / Red Desert, by Peter Brunette
16. Per un pugno di dollari (Leone) / Fistful of Dollars, by Christopher Frayling
17. Il Conformista (Bertolucci) / The Conformist, by Jefferson Kline
18. Film d'Amore e d'Anarchia(Wertmüller) / Love and Anarchy, by Millicent Marcus
19. La Grande Abbuffata / La Grande Bouffe, by Maurizio Viano
20. Il Portiere di Notte (Cavani) / The Night Porter, by Gaetana Marrone
21. Profondo Rosso / Deep Read (Argento), by Giorgio Bertellini
22. Padre Padrone (Taviani) / Father and Master, by Noa Steimatsky
23. Caro Diario (Moretti) / Dear Diary, by Laura Frascaroli
24. Lamerica (Amelio), by Aine O'Healy

About the Author

Giorgio Bertellini is assistant professor of Film and Video Studies and Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan, and is the author of Emir Kusturica(1996).