THE ITALIAN CINEMA BOOK is an essential guide to the most important historical, aesthetic and cultural aspects of Italian cinema, from 1895 to the present day. With contributions from 39 leading international scholars, the book is structured around six chronologically organised sections:
THE SILENT ERA (1895-22)
THE BIRTH OF THE TALKIES AND THE FASCIST ERA (1922-45)
POSTWAR CINEMATIC CULTURE (1945-59)
THE GOLDEN AGE OF ITALIAN CINEMA (1960-80)
AN AGE OF CRISIS, TRANSITION AND CONSOLIDATION (1981 TO THE PRESENT)
NEW DIRECTIONS IN CRITICAL APPROACHES TO ITALIAN CINEMA
Acutely aware of the contemporary 'rethinking' of Italian cinema history, Peter Bondanella has brought together a diverse range of essays which represent the cutting edge of Italian film theory and criticism. This provocative collection will provide the film student, scholar or enthusiast with a comprehensive understanding of the major developments in what might be called twentieth-century Italy's greatest and most original art form.
Peter Bondanella is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature, Film Studies and Italian at Indiana University, USA. He is the author of many celebrated books on Italian literature and cinema, and former president of the American Association for Italian Studies (1984-87). In 2009, he was inducted into the European Academy for Sciences and the Arts for his contributions to Italian cinema and literature.
Acknowledgments Notes on Contributors General Introduction: Rethinking Italian Cinema; Peter Bondanella PART I: THE SILENT ERA Introduction; Peter Bondanella 1. Silent Italian Cinema: An International Story; Giorgio Bertellini 2. The Beginnings of Film Stardom and the Print Media of Divismo; John P. Welle 3. The Diva-Film: Context, Actresses, Issues; Angela Dalle Vacche 4. Italian Silent Film Genres: Comics, Serials, Historical Epics, and Strongmen; Jacqueline Reich PART II: THE BIRTH OF THE TALKIES AND THE FASCIST ERA Introduction; Peter Bondanella 5. Fascism and Italian Cinema; David Forgacs 6. Italian 'Matinee Idols' in the Era of the Talkies; Marcia Landy 7. The First 'Comedy, Italian Style': Blasetti, Camerini, and De Sica; Vito Zagarrio 8. Censorship from the Fascist Period to the Present; Guido Bonsaver PART III: POSTWAR CINEMATIC CULTURE: REALISM AND BEYOND Introduction; Peter Bondanella 9. Neorealism and Left-Wing Culture; Stephen Gundle 10. Cityscapes and Cinematic Space; Mark Shiel 11. Dislocated Spaces for New Thought: Paths of Nomadic Wandering in Neorealist Film and Literature; Torunn Haaland 12. Seeing Anew: Children in Italian Cinema, 1944 to the Present; Giovanna De Luca 13. Forgotten Sisters: Italian Cinema from the Perspective of Female Friendship; Danielle Hipkins 14. The Maggiorata or 'Sweater Girl' of the 1950s Mangano, Lollobrigida, Loren; Pauline Small 15. Hollywood and Italy: Industries and Fantasies; Robert S. C. Gordon PART IV: THE GOLDEN AGE OF ITALIAN CINEMA Introduction; Peter Bondanella 16. Material Dreams: Costume and Couture Italian Style From Hollywood on the Tiber to the Italian Screen; Reka Buckley 17. Italian Film Music; M. Thomas Van Order 18. Production Around 1960; Christopher Wagstaff 19. The Muscle-Man Peplum: From Hercules (1958) to Hercules and the Princess of Troy (1965); Jon Solomon 20. Mondo cane and the Invention of the 'Shockumentary'; Gino Moliterno 21. Spaghetti Westerns and Their Audience; Flavia Brizio-Skov 22. Chronicles of a Hastened Modernization: The Cynical Eye of the Commedia all'italiana; Remi Fournier Lanzoni 23. The Political Film; Gaetana Marrone 24. The Giallo and the 'Spaghetti Nightmare' Film; Mikel J. Koven 25. European Co-Productions: the Italian Response to the Hollywood Studio System; Jean A. Gili 26. How the Italians Happened to Cherish and Then to Disdain Their Cinema; Pierre Sorlin PART V: AN AGE OF CRISIS, TRANSITION, AND CONSOLIDATION Introduction; Peter Bondanella 27. Scriptwriting, Italian Style: Scriptwriting for Fellini; Gianfranco Angelucci 28. Modern Mob Movies: Twenty Years of Gangsters on the Italian Screen; Dana Renga 29. Screening Terrorism: Cinematic Portrayals of the Italian Armed Struggle; Giancarlo Lombardi 30. Italian Cinema and Holocaust Memory; Millicent Marcus 31. Italian National Cinema: The Cinepanettone; Alan O'Leary 32. Stars and Masculinity in Contemporary Italian Cinema; Catherine O'Rawe 33. Women Behind the Camera: New Horizons in Contemporary Cinema; Flavia Laviosa PART VI: NEW DIRECTIONS IN CRITICAL APPROACHES TO ITALIAN CINEMA Introduction; Peter Bondanella 34. Italian Cinema in the Post-National Age; Laura Rascaroli 35. Postcolonial Theory and Italy's 'Multicultural' Cinema; Aine O'Healy 36. Genre Theory and Mario Bava's Cinema; Mary Wood 37. The Unwanted Guest: Some Remarks on Italian Cinema's Love Affair with Psychoanalysis; Fabio Vighi 38. Fellini and Contemporary International Cinema; Peter Bondanella 39. The Heritage of the Past and New Frontiers for the History of the Italian Cinema; Gian Piero Brunetta Select Bibliography on the Italian Cinema Index