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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

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An extraordinary celebration of the rich history of Italian film studies, and a vital reference point for students and researchers alike.' - Dom Holdaway, Italian Studies 'A beautifully produced volume. This is a publication that beckons us readers to enter its pages, and we do so eagerly and most willingly. Seeing Peter Bondanella's name as editor on the cover is a sure guarantee of quality, adding to the immediate appeal of the volume. Bondanella is not a scholar who is content to rest on his most deserved laurels; rather, he has always sought to keep up with what passing time brings: new films, new critical and theoretical approaches, new ways of doing film history and history tout court. [This book] is assuredly shaped throughout by Bondanella's deep and wide expertise not only in the choice of the topics covered or the organization of the volume; but also in the thoughtful selection of diverse contributions whose approaches and conclusions create many instances of implicit debate, even dissonance, as to what precisely doing film history, theory and interpretation might in fact mean at this temporal juncture...' - Rebecca West, Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies 'It is not so much the subject matter that is original, but the approach: the spirit of 'rethinking' that informs each of the contributions. The book reflects the current state of scholarship on cinema with references to popular research models and canonical topics in the field. The book is well illustrated by frame shots, photographs, movie posters, and advertisements. It includes a useful extended bibliography of suggested reading at end of book. The collection gives a clear account of the current state of the art, and in some case refocuses debates. In this sense, it is a useful resource for both researchers and students of all levels.' - LSE Review of Books

About the Author

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.

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An extraordinary celebration of the rich history of Italian film studies, and a vital reference point for students and researchers alike. -- Italian Studies * Dom Holdaway * A beautifully produced volume. This is a publication that beckons us readers to enter its pages, and we do so eagerly and most willingly. Seeing Peter Bondanella's name as editor on the cover is a sure guarantee of quality, adding to the immediate appeal of the volume. Bondanella is not a scholar who is content to rest on his most deserved laurels; rather, he has always sought to keep up with what passing time brings: new films, new critical and theoretical approaches, new ways of doing film history and history tout court. [This book] is assuredly shaped throughout by Bondanella's deep and wide expertise not only in the choice of the topics covered or the organization of the volume; but also in the thoughtful selection of diverse contributions whose approaches and conclusions create many instances of implicit debate, even dissonance, as to what precisely doing film history, theory and interpretation might in fact mean at this temporal juncture... -- Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies * Rebecca West * It is not so much the subject matter that is original, but the approach: the spirit of 'rethinking' that informs each of the contributions. The book reflects the current state of scholarship on cinema with references to popular research models and canonical topics in the field. The book is well illustrated by frame shots, photographs, movie posters, and advertisements. It includes a useful extended bibliography of suggested reading at end of book. The collection gives a clear account of the current state of the art, and in some case refocuses debates. In this sense, it is a useful resource for both researchers and students of all levels. -- LSE Review of Books

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