9781137379023

National Identity in Global Cinema How Movies Explain the World

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    9781137379023

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    1137379022

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-12-05
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

What makes an Italian film Italian or a French film French? Are Hollywood films really American? This study reveals how centralization, common language, and narrative convention express the cultural heritages within the national cinemas of nine countries. Celli brings critical theory and artistic expression back into equilibrium with a method that demonstrates how popular cinema truly can explain the world, one country at a time.

Author Biography

Carlo Celli is Professor of Romance and Classical Studies at Bowling Green State University, USA. His published books include The Divine Comic: The Cinema of Roberto Benigni (2001), Gillo Pontecorvo from Resistance to Terrorism (2005), A New Guide to Italian Cinema (2008), The Essence of Machiavelli's The Prince (2011), and Economic Fascism: Primary Sources on Mussolini's Crony Capitalism (2013).

Table of Contents

1. China's Confucian, Misogynistic Nationalism
2. Finland's Rural Urban Split
3. A Certain Suicidal Tendency in French Cinema
4. The Promises of India
5. The Iranian Splits
6. Italian Circularity
7. Death in Mexico
8. Ukrainian Dualism
9. America's Civil War and Hollywood's Pragmatism

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