A Companion to Italian Cinema
Written by leading figures in the field, A Companion to Italian Cinema re-maps Italian cinema studies, employing new perspectives on traditional issues, and fresh theoretical approaches to the exciting history and field of Italian cinema.
Offers new approaches to Italian cinema, whose importance in the post-war period was unrivalled
Presents a theory based approach to historical and archival material
Includes work by both established and more recent scholars, with new takes on traditional critical issues, and new theoretical approaches to the exciting history and field of Italian cinema
Covers recent issues such as feminism, stardom, queer cinema, immigration and postcolonialism, self-reflexivity and postmodernism, popular genre cinema, and digitalization
A comprehensive collection of essays addressing the prominent films, directors and cinematic forms of Italian cinema, which will become a standard resource for academic and non-academic purposes alike
A Companion to Italian Cinema
Notes on Contributors
Adriano Aprà has published, among other things, Per non morire hollywoodiani ; Stelle & strisce. Viaggi nel cinema Usa dal muto agli anni '60 ; and In viaggio con Rossellini . In the 1960s, he was a founder and director of Cinema & Film. In the 1970s, he codirected the cineclub Filmstudio 70 in Rome. He has collaborated on numerous festivals, directing those at Salsomaggiore (1977-1989) and Pesaro (1990-1998). From 1998 to 2002, he was director of the Cineteca Nazionale in Rome. He has made a fiction film, Olimpia agli amici , and documentaries such as Rossellini visto da Rossellini . He codirected Rosso cenere with Augusto Contento.
Louis Bayman is a lecturer in Film at the University of Southampton. He is the author of The Operatic and the Everyday in Postwar Italian Cinema ; editor of Directory of World Cinema: Italy ; and coeditor with Sergio Rigoletto of Italian Popular Cinema . He has written articles on Italian popular culture, melodrama, horror, and serial-killer cinema.
Giorgio Bertellini is an associate professor in Screen Studies and Romance Languages at the University of Michigan. He is the author of the award-winning Italy in Early American Cinema: Race, Landscape, and the Picturesque , as well as of Emir Kusturica (published in both Italian and English). He edited Italian Silent Cinema: A Reader and coedited with Richard Abel and Rob King Early Cinema and the 'National .' He is currently working on a project titled "The Divo and the Duce: Film Stardom and Political Leadership in 1920s America."
Peter Bondanella is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature, Film Studies, and Italian at Indiana University; past president of the American Association for Italian Studies; and a member of the European Academy for Sciences and the Arts. He is the author of numerous books dealing with comparative literature, Italian literature, and Italian film, including: The Eternal City: Roman Images in the Modern World ; The Cinema of Federico Fellini ; The Films of Roberto Rossellini ; and A History of Italian Cinema . He is editor of The Italian Cinema Book . He is also the translator and/or editor of numerous Italian literary classics, including works by Boccaccio, Cellini, Dante, Machiavelli, and Vasari.
Lorenzo Borgotallo holds a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA and MA from the Università degli Studi di Firenze. A former lecturer and visiting assistant professor of Italian at Clemson University, he is head of languages within the International Baccalaureate Program at the International School of Turin, Italy, and teaches in the summers at the Scuola Italiana, Middlebury at Mills, California.
Flavia Brizio-Skov is Humanities Fellow at the University of Tennessee, where she teaches Italian, modern literature, and cinema. In addition to numerous articles in international journals, she has single-authored two monographs, La scrittura e la memoria: Lalla Romano , and Antonio Tabucchi: navigazioni in un universo narrativo , and has edited Reconstructing Societies in the Aftermath of War: Memory, Identity, and Reconciliation , and Popular Italian Cinema: Culture and Politics in a Postwar Society . She is working on a manuscript that reinterprets the history of the Italian and American western genre.
Réka Buckley is an independent scholar and former senior lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Portsmouth. She has published widely on fashion and glamour, fandom, and the Italian postwar star system. She is currently researching fandom as well as costume and fashion in Italian cinema.
Frank Burke is Professor Emeritus at Queen's University, Canada. He has published on American, Italian-Ame