- Series: Italian and Italian American Studies
- Paperback: 234 pages
- Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2007 edition (June 6, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1403975655
- ISBN-13: 978-1403975652
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #635,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This study is a rich synthesis of the history of Italian Cinema from its birth to the present, with a useful chronological historical table of main events which is enhanced by short cultural synopses. Celli and Cottino-Jones also add to the well known history of major Italian films with anecdotes and short but significant biographies and historical references, which connect the filmmakers' lives with concurrent events. This book will be adopted by many educators since it is a valuable tool for scholars, students, and researchers, offering a great deal of new information on many films and often original plot interpretations." - Antonio Vitti, Wake Forest University
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Author M. Cottino-Jones: Carlo Celli is Professor at Bowling Green State University, USA.
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(Palgrave Macmillan Paperback)), 234pp, 2006
>>>A New Guide to Italian Cinema, with co-author Carlo Celli, is a complete reworking and update of Marga Cottino-Jones' popular A Student's Guide to Italian Film (1983, 1993). This guide retains earlier editions' interest in renowned films and directors but is also attentive to popular cinema, the films which actually achieved box office success among the Italian public. The Guide introduces the Italian cinema not just as a 20th century phenomenon but as an expression of the deeper roots of Italy's historic, cultural and literary past. Chapters offer historical timelines and commentary on political and cultural events and trends, followed by discussion of the Italian cinema industry and key films. Appendices offer guides to writing about film, statistical data of Italian box office history and short biographies and filmographies of important directors. The aim of the book is to provide the cinéphile, student, teacher, or fan with a guide where points of interest may be identified and studied with clarity.<<< Release: 2007 | Series: Italian and Italian American Studies.
The book actually pursues three lines: Italian history as relevant to Italian film, Most popular Italian films (box office top ten), Best Italian directors with full bibliography. Though logically consistent, the concept is quite ambitious, as - eg different from Peter Bondanella's excellent Italian Cinema -it attempts to treat best-selling (and all others as well) films in a historico-political anchoring. What comes to mind immediately is Siegfried Kracauer's From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological History of the German Film (Princeton Classic Editions), 1947, a classic ever since it appeared, and whether it is sociological rather than psychological has never much been challenged, so fundamentally correct did Kracauer's approach feel.
Italy, in the post-WWII period - the book actually starts in earnest with the fascist period - had, like France, a strong left; in both countries, for many years, the communists pulled around 20-25 percent of the popular vote). Then, it had a series of incessant variations in Democrazia Italiana and coalition governments. Finally, from 1994-2011, Silvio Berlusconi (Il Cavaliere) served three times as prime minister with an essentially right government. This, my summary, is very crude, but going to further detail may make you lose your path, as the book does on various occasions. The cutting, in my judgment, is too fine, and sets each film into a specific political environment. Too much political imbroglio weakens, rather than strengthens, arguments over individual films.
fbus104 -Celli and Cottino-Jones: Italian Cinema -Is it all politics?, Palgrave Macmillan, 2006-28/6/2013