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The History of Italian Cinema


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Brunetta is without doubt Italy's foremost historian of Italian cinema, and this outstanding synthesis of his three decades of research on the subject belongs on every bookshelf devoted to film in general and Italian cinema in particular. It represents not only a brilliant overview but also a comprehensive reference guide to the entire history of Italian film from the silent era to the present. -- Peter Bondanella, author of "The Cinema of Federico Fellini" This is a brilliant work, eclectic and engaging at every page. With the aim of providing a comprehensive history of Italian film, carefully envisioned from its origins to the present day, Brunetta approaches cinema in its broadest sense, analyzing the influence of all the elements and figures integral to the collaborative venture of filmmaking. He offers a strikingly original discussion of Italian cinema. -- Gaetana Marrone, author of "The Gaze and the Labyrinth"

Table of Contents

PREFACE vii INTRODUCTION The Epic History of Italian Cinema 1 CHAPTER 1 The Silent Era 15 CHAPTER 2 From Sound to Salo' 67 CHAPTER 3 From Neorealism to La dolce vita 108 CHAPTER 4 From the Boom Years to the Years of Terror 167 CHAPTER 5 From the 1970s to the Present 245 EPILOGUE 2007 315 NOTES 323 INDEX OF NAMES 345 INDEX OF FILMS 363

About the Author

Gian Piero Brunetta is professor of the history and criticism of cinema at the University of Padua in Italy. His many books include the acclaimed five-volume "History of World Cinema".


[Brunetta is] widely recognised as the foremost historian of Italian cinema... Covering the past 100 years or so of Italian cinema history, [The History of Italian Cinema] is a social, political, cultural, economic and literally geographic mapping of Italy's cinematic terrain... [I]nvaluable. -- Paul Sutton Times Higher Education Brunetta transcends film-studies fads to restore the heft of traditional historiography. In a clear, sinuous narrative he details the development of Italian cinema as art and as industry, within its own cultural and political context and in the world. -- M. Yacowar Choice If you are a serious film buff, then this book is a godsend, covering all you need to know in great detail. It packs in such a great amount of information that it's pretty much a one-stop shop for getting to grips with Italy's cinematic past, present and future. Italia Gian Piero Burnetta believes that Italian cinema is not simply one of the great movie industries but 'the Art Form of the 20th Century'--and he certainly makes a good fist of proving this bold proposition in his comprehensive new history. West Australian Those approaching his work for the first time will gain confidence in the depth and scope of his knowledge of Italian cinema and culture. -- Marcia Landy European Legacy

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