Male Anxiety and Psychopathology in Film: Comedy Italian Style (Italian and Italian American Studies)

 
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Male Anxiety and Psychopathology in Film: Comedy Italian Style explores the birth, growth, and decline of the most popular film genre during the golden years of Italian cinema. Emerging after the successive fall of the Fascist regime, the end of monarchy, and the struggles of a fragile, new democracy, commedia all'italiana, or comedy Italian style, appeared as a post-oedipal genre that narrated the identity crisis of Italian men and their desperate search for a new role in the postwar middle class. Andrea Bini argues that these men reacted to these traumatic historical experiences by embracing the myth of consumerist culture during the Italian economic boom of the late 1950s and early 60s. Grounded in Lacanian theory, this study demonstrates how commedia all'italiana represents Italy as a social space lacking strong symbolic agency in which the male actors fall prey to a series of incurable psychopathologies.

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Andrea Bini is an Adjunct Professor of Italian at the American University of Rome, Italy. He has published the book Kant e Carabellese, and several articles on Italian cinema, including two chapters in the book Popular Italian Cinema: Culture and Politics in a Postwar Society.

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“The author advances her argument through insightful close readings of a large number of films. She limns the relevant theory as it arises without grinding the analysis to a halt. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.” (M. Yacowar, Choice, Vol. 53 (10), June, 2016)

"Bini's innovative approach to one of the most popular types of Italian cinema, commedia all'italiana, is a much-needed addition to the field. The author's thorough and insightful close analyses of works from the 1950s and 1960s expose readers to a wide variety of Italian comedies, many of which are not well known in the English-speaking world. His thesis that cinema anticipated the boom that arose from a crisis regarding national identity, exposed by the failures of fascism, is particularly compelling." - Mary Ann McDonald Carolan, Associate Professor of Modern Languages & Literature, Fairfield University, USA

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