Intended as much for students of Italian as of Film Studies, Studying Italian Cinema provides an accessible introduction to one of the most influential of European film industries. Beginning with an overview of post-war Italian Neorealism, author Adalgisa Serio Henry provides in-depth coverage of such classic films as Rome Open City and Bicycle Thieves before moving on to consider Neorealism's legacy through the likes of The Battle of Algiers and Amarcord. Moving on to the contemporary Italian cinema, Henry considers depictions of the family (in such films as The Ignorant Fairies and The Last Kiss), representations of women, and, crucially, film as a social and political comment (including such recent award-winners as Gomorra and Il Divo). Along the way a number of other highly influential films are discussed, all of which ensures that Studying Italian Cinema offers a fresh, contemporary perspective on a vibrant national cinema.
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Adalgisa Serio Henry lectures on Italian film at Manchester Metropolitan University, U.K., and works as a freelance trainer in Italian teaching and cinema.Review:
This is a very readable and well-researched book, and provides an excellent introduction to the topic. The decision to structure the chapters around particular themes, genres and authors, with key readings from the marginal to the mainstream, is an intelligent one. It allows readers to engage with French cinema history without getting weighed down by facts and figures, and also underlines the variety and range of French film culture and its multiple points of entry for students.(Neil Archer, Lecturer in Film Studies, Keele University, UK)
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