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A History of Italian Cinema


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Preface; 1. The Silent Era; 2. The Coming of Sound and the Fascist Era; 3. The Neorealist Era: Masters of Neorealism - Rossellini, De Sica, Visconti; 4. The Neorealist Era: Exploring the Boundaries of Neorealism; 5. The Neorealist Era: The Break With Neorealism, the Cinema of the Reconstruction in Rossellini and Antonioni, Fellini's Trilogy of Character and Grace; and the Return of Melodrama with Visconti and De Sica; 6. The Italian "Peplum": The Sword and Sandal Epic; 7. The Golden Age of Italian Cinema: Commedia all'italiana - Comedy and Social Criticism; 8. The Golden Age of Italian Cinema: Neorealism's Legacy to a New Generation and the Political Film; 9. The Golden Age of Italian Cinema: The Mateur Auteurs - New Dimensions of Film Narrative in Visconti, Antonioni, De Sica, and Fellini; 10. The Golden Age of Italian Cinema: The Spaghetti Nightmare - the Italian Horror Film from the 1950s to the Present; 11. The Golden Age of Italian Cinema: A Fistful of Pasta - Sergio Leone and the Spaghetti Western; 12. The Golden Age of Italian Cinema: Mystery, Gore, and Mayhem-- the Italian Giallo XIII. The Golden Age of Italian Cinema: Myth, Marx, and Freud in Pier Paolo Pasolini and Bernardo Bertolucci; 13.. The Poliziesco: Italian Crime Films from the 1970s to the Present; 14.. The Old Guard Never Surrenders: Italy's Prewar Auteurs in the 1980s and 1990s; 15.. The Third Wave: A New Generation of Auteurs with Moretti, Nichetti, Trosi, Salvatores, Benigni, Tornatore, Giordana, Amelio, and Ozpetek; 16. Italian Cinema Enters the Third Millennium; Endnotes; Bibliography; List of photo credits; Index.

About the Author

Peter Bondanella is the author of the groundbreaking Italian Cinema: From Neorealism to the Present, Hollywood Italians and many other books and translations. He is presently Distinguished Professor of Italian, Indiana University.


"Bondanelle has made significant contributions to the study of Italian literature and film, and this new history though not billed as such is in many respects an updated edition of his Italian Cinema: From Neorealism to the Present. But it is more than just that. here, the author pays closer attention to films of the silent era and adds or extends chapters devoted to popular genres looking, for example, at the peplum (or so-called sword and sandal film), the 'spaghetti nightmares' (horror films), the giallo mysteries, police dramas, and 'the truly B-film comedies.' Bondanella retains the crucial examinations of neorealism, political films, social criticism in Italian comedies, and significant auteurs (Visconti, Antonioni, De Sica, Fellini, Pasolini, Bertolucci). He concludes by placing the recent work of such young directors as Pupi Avati, Ferzan Ozpetek, PAppi Corsicato, Antonio Luigi Grimaldi, Andrea Molaioli, and Francesca Archibugi among others in the context of earlier filmmakers and influences. A celebration of the author's long career as a scholar of Italian studies, this book is a sweeping course in Italian film from the silent era and Fascist period to the present. Includes photographs and extensive notes. Summing Up: Recommended."
-S. Vander Closter, CHOICE, June 2010

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