Italian Film

by Marcia Landy

Cambridge University Press | April 13, 2000 | Trade Paperback

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Italian Film examines the extraordinary cinematic tradition of Italy, from the silent era to the present. Analyzing film within the framework of Italy's historical, social, political, and cultural evolution during the twentieth century, Marcia Landy traces the construction of a coherent national cinema and its changes over time. Her study traces how social institutions--school, family, the Church--as well as Italian notions of masculinity and femininity are dealt with in cinema and how they are central to the conceptions (and misconceptions) of national identity.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 460 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 1.02 in

Published: April 13, 2000

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0521649773

ISBN - 13: 9780521649773

Found in: Current Events, History and Criticism, History and Criticism

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Italian Film

Italian Film

by Marcia Landy

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 460 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 1.02 in

Published: April 13, 2000

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0521649773

ISBN - 13: 9780521649773

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Early cinema attractions; 2. National history as retrospective illusion; 3. Challenging the folklore romance; 4. Comedy and the cinematic machine; 5. The urban landscape, before and after Neorealism; 6. Gramsci and Italian cinema; 7. History and the Italian Western; 8. The cinematic family and the nation; 9. A cinema of childhood; 10. The Folklore of femininity and stardom; 11. Conversion, impersonation, and masculinity; 12. Cinema on cinema and television.

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Italian Film examines the extraordinary cinematic tradition of Italy, from the silent era to the present. Analyzing film within the framework of Italy's historical, social, political, and cultural evolution during the twentieth century, Marcia Landy traces the construction of a coherent national cinema and its changes over time. Her study traces how social institutions--school, family, the Church--as well as Italian notions of masculinity and femininity are dealt with in cinema and how they are central to the conceptions (and misconceptions) of national identity.

From Our Editors

The extraordinary cinematic tradition of Italy, from the silent era to contemporary times, is explored in this analytic text by Marcia Landy. Italian Film provides film, history or foreign studies students with an in-depth analysis of how the cinema fits within the framework of Italy's historical, social, political and cultural framework during the 20th century. Landy discusses the impact of social institutions such as school, family and the Church on Italian cinema and how these influences were central to the construct of a national identity.