Popular Italian Cinema

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-01-29
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Exciting new critical perspectives on popular Italian cinema including melodrama, poliziesco, the mondo film, the sex comedy, missionary cinema and the musical. The book interrogates the very meaning of popular cinema in Italy to give a sense of its complexity and specificity in Italian cinema, from early to contemporary cinema.

Author Biography

LOUIS BAYMAN lectures in film studies at King's College, London. He has recently finished his PhD ''At the confines of life and theatre': Melodrama in post-war Italian cinema'. His main research interests are Italian cinema, film aesthetics and popular culture. His publications include 'Melodrama as Realism in Italian Neorealism' in Realism and the Audio-Visual Media (Nagib and Mello: Palgrave, 2009). He is editor of and contributor to Directory of World Cinema: Italy (Intellect, Bristol, 2011).
SERGIO RIGOLETTO is a Teaching Fellow in Italian at the University of Reading where he completed his PhD with a thesis entitled 'The Politics of Masculinity: Male Subjectivity and Social Conflict in Italian Cinema of the 1970s'. His research investigates the presence of spaces of subcultural resistance in mainstream cinema and on television with a particular focus on questions of gender and sexuality. He has published articles on Ferzan Ozpetek, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Commedia all'italiana in a number of international journals.

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'This volume really does represent a shift in thinking on Italian cinema, and the many fine, young scholars who contribute to this book show the direction that future criticism of Italian film will take. It is a valuable contribution to cinema studies on many levels, and I was delighted to have read it.'

- Peter Bondanella, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature, Film Studies and Italian, Indiana University, USA

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