Women, Desire, and Power in Italian Cinema

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  • Copyright: 2010-01-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Women, Desire, and Power in Italian Cinemaoffers, for the first time in Italian Cinema criticism, a contextual study of the representation of women in twentieth-century Italian films. Marga Cottino-Jones argues that the ways women are depicted on screen reflects a subconscious "sexual conservatism" typical of an Italian society rooted within a patriarchal ideology. The book then follows the slow but constant process of social awareness in the Italian society through women in film, especially after the 1950s. Comprehensive in scope, this book analyzes the films of internationally known male and female directors, such as Antonioni, Fellini, Rossellini, Visconti, Bertolucci, Benigni, Cavani, Wertmuller, Comencini, and Archibugi. Special consideration is given to the actresses and actors that have become the icons of Italian femininity and masculinity, such as Sofia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida, Silvana Mangano, Gian Carlo Giannini, Marcello Mastroianni, and Alberto Sordi.

Author Biography

Marga Cottino-Jones is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Italian at UCLA.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Cabiria: Women in the Italian Colossalsp. 11
Woman-as-Spectacle in Love-Story Films: The Dramma Passionate versus the Melodrama Genre and the Phenomenon of Divismop. 19
"Mothers of Italy": The Legacy of Fascism in Italian Cinemap. 37
Women in Neorealist Cinemap. 53
A Woman's Search for Change and Meaningful Relationships in the Films of the 1950sp. 75
Women and Men as Victims of Violence and Alienation in the Films of the 1960sp. 105
The Sexual Power Game and Its Impact on Women and Men in the Films of the 1970sp. 141
Decentering the Masculine and Spotlighting the Feminine in the Films of the 1980sp. 187
Female Agency in the Films of the 1990sp. 211
Conclusionp. 225
Notesp. 227
Selected Bibliographyp. 243
Index of Filmsp. 247
Index of Names and Topicsp. 251
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