The roles of ethnicity and cultural identity in the films of Italian American film directors
Acknowledgments ix Introduction 1 1. Frank Capra: Ethnic Denial and Its Impossibility 11 2. Martin Scorsese: Confined and Defined by Ethnicity 45 3. Nancy Savoca: Ethnicity, Class, and Gender 77 4. Francis Ford Coppola: Ethnic Nostalgia in the Godfather Trilogy 99 5. Quentin Tarantino: Ethnicity and the Postmodern 125 Conclusion: Ancestral Legacies and History's Lessons 151 Notes 165 Bibliography 193 Index 213
Jonathan J. Cavallero is an assistant professor of communication at the University of Arkansas.
"This book makes a significant contribution to the limited academic literature on Italian American filmmakers. The description and analysis is first-rate and convincing, and its subject matter will appeal to the general public, as well as scholars, researchers, and students in many disciplines." Frank Tomasulo, co-editor of More than a Method: Trends and Traditions in Contemporary Film Performance