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The Body in the Mirror (Princeton Legacy Library)
The Body in the Mirror (Princeton Legacy Library) by Angela Dalle Vacche 0691055661 9780691055664
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The Body in the Mirror (Princeton Legacy Library) by Angela Dalle Vacche

This rich, wide-ranging book explores Italys national film style by relating it closely to politics and to the historicist thought of Croce, Gentile, and Gramsci. Here is a new kind of film history--a nonlinear, intertextual approach that confronts the total story of the growth of a national cinema while challenging the traditional formats of general histories and period studies. Examining Italian silent films of the fascist era through neorealism to modernist filmmaking after May 1968, Angela Dalle Vacche reveals opera and the commedia dellarte to be the strongest influences. As she presents the whole history of Italian cinema from the standpoint of a dialectic between these two styles, she offers brilliant interpretations of individual films. The body in the mirror is the national self-image on the screen, which changes shape in response to historical and political context. To discover how the nation represents, understands, and recognizes this fictional body, Dalle Vacche discusses changes in the strongest parameters of Italian cinema: allegory, spectacle, body, history, unity, and continuity. In her hands these concepts yield a wealth of insights for film scholars, art historians, political scientists, and those concerned with cultural studies in general, as well as for other educated readers interested in Italian cinema.

Author: Angela Dalle Vacche

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 330

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Publication Date: 1992-01-27

Our Price: $7.08

ISBN: 0691055661

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