9780826418227

Comedy Italian Style The Golden Age of Italian Film Comedies

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    9780826418227

  • ISBN10:

    0826418228

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 5/1/2009
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Summary

Comedy Italian Style is an essential guide to the glorious works and filmmakers who make the world laugh with them. It is for all lovers of enduring, wry, over-the-top, side-splitting humor on film.

Table of Contents

- PART ONE: BEFORE THE ADVENT OF THE COMMEDIA ALL'ITALIANA
CHAPTER I: THE FORERUNNERS

- The Origins of Italian Comedy

- The Silent Era and the Prestige of Hollywood Comedies

- The Prewar Era, Cinecittà and Telefoni Bianchi

- The Marc'Aurelio and the New Screenwriters

CHAPTER II: THE AGE OF NEOREALISMO ROSA

- Neorealism and Neorealismo Rosa in Question

- A Special Case in Italian Comedy: Totò

- Differences between Commedia Italiana and Commedia all'italiana

- The Forerunners of the Comedy Italian Style

PART TWO: THE YEARS OF EUPHORIA AND THE COMMEDIA ALL'ITALIANA

CHAPTER I: ITALIAN COMEDY IN THE 1960s

- Italy During the Years of Economic Miracle

- Italian Film Industry in the 1960s and State Censorship

- The Art of Getting by and the Commedia all'italiana

CHAPTER II: THE PROTAGONISTS OF THE NEW COMEDY STYLE

- Dino Risi and the Art of Caustic Satire

- Mario Monicelli and Historical Comedies

- Regional Comedies Pietro Germi's Style

- Alberto Lattuada: Between Versatile and Eclectic Comedy

- The Newcomers to the Commedia: Antonio Pietrangeli and Elio Petri

PART THREE: THE FINAL ACT OF THE COMMEDIA ALL'ITALIANA

CHAPTER I: ITALIAN COMEDY IN THE 1970s

- Italy During the Lead Years

- Italian Film Industry in the 1970s

- Ettore Scola and the Discourse of Cynicism

- Marco Ferreri's Grotesque Style

CHAPTER II: THE LAST PROTAGONISTS

- Dino Risi: A Legacy in Evolution

- Lina Wertmüller: When Humor challenges the Rules

- Federico Fellini's Successful Return to Comedy

- A Comedy of Frustrations: Franco Brusati

- Luigi Zampa's Satirical Cinema

- The Human Comedy of Alberto Sordi

- Mario Monicelli and the Difficult Years

- Luigi Comencini: the End of an Era

ABBREVIATIONS

APPENDIX

- Academy Awards

- Cannes Film Festival

- Venice Film Festival

- David di Donatello

- Nastri d'Argento

- Italian Comedies at the Box Office

NOTES

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

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