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Author Gieri, Manuela.

Title Contemporary Italian filmmaking : strategies of subversion ; Pirandello, Fellini, Scola, and the directors of the new generation / Manuela Gieri.

Imprint Toronto, Ont. : University of Toronto Press, ©1995.

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Description 1 online resource (x, 301 pages) : illustrations.
Series Toronto Italian studies
Toronto Italian studies.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-290) and index.
Summary Contemporary Italian Filmmaking is an innovative critique of Italian filmmaking in the aftermath of World War II - as it moves beyond traditional categories such as genre film and auteur cinema. Manuela Gieri demonstrates that Luigi Pirandello's revolutionary concept of humour was integral to the development of a counter-tradition in Italian filmmaking that she defines 'humoristic'. She delineates a 'Pirandellian genealogy' in Italian cinema, literature, and culture through her examination of the works of Federico Fellini, Ettore Scola, and many directors of the 'new generation, ' such as Nanni Moretti, Gabriele Salvatores, Maurizio Nichetti, and Giuseppe Tornatore. A celebrated figure of the theatrical world, Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936) is little known beyond Italy for his critical and theoretical writings on cinema and for his screenplays. Gieri brings to her reading of Pirandello's work the critical parameters offered by psychoanalysis, poststructuralism, and postmodernism to develop a syncretic and transcultural vision of the history of Italian cinema. She identifies two fundamental trends of development in this tradition: the 'melodramatic imagination' and the 'humoristic, ' or comic, imagination. With her focus on the humoristic imagination, Gieri describes a 'Pirandellian mode' derived from his revolutionary utterances on the cinema and narrative, and specifically, from his essay on humour, L'umorismo (On Humour, 1908). She traces a history of the Pirandellian mode in cinema and investigates its characteristics, demonstrating the original nature of Italian filmmaking that is particularly indebted to Pirandello's interpretation of humour.
Contents ""CONTENTS""; ""ACKNOWLEDGMENTS""; ""Introduction: Why Pirandello and the Cinema?""; ""1 He Lost It at the Movies: A Love-Hate Relationship of Over Thirty Years""; ""2 Pirandello and the Theory of the Cinema""; ""3 The Origins of the Myths: From Pirandello to Fellini""; ""4 Character and Discourse from Pirandello to Fellini: Defining a Countertradition in an Italian Context""; ""5 Ettore Scola: A Cinematic and Social Metadiscourse""; ""6 The New Italian Cinema: Restoration or Subversion?""; ""NOTES""; ""BIBLIOGRAPHY""; ""INDEX""; ""A""; ""B""; ""C""; ""D""; ""E""; ""F""; ""G""; ""H""; ""I""
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Subject Fellini, Federico.
Pirandello, Luigi, 1867-1936.
Scola, Ettore, 1931-2016.
Pirandello, Luigi, 1867-1936.
Fellini, Federico.
Scola, Ettore, 1931-
Fellini, Federico.
Pirandello, Luigi, 1867-1936.
Scola, Ettore, 1931-2016
Pirandello, Luigi.
Motion pictures -- Italy.
Motieven (kunst)
Indexed Term Cinema and Television
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Gieri, Manuela. Contemporary Italian filmmaking. Toronto, Ont. : University of Toronto Press, ©1995 (DLC) 96128633
ISBN 9781442673359 (electronic bk.)
1442673354 (electronic bk.)
080200556X (bound)
0802069797 (pbk.)