Italian Cinema

New Directions

by William Hope (Volume editor)
©2005 Edited Collection 278 Pages
Series: New Studies in European Cinema, Volume 1


Italian cinema currently finds itself in a transitional phase after a highly successful period in which it was associated with the work of directors such as Rossellini, Visconti, Fellini, and Pasolini, and with innovative styles of film-making, principally neorealism. This book explores the evolution of Italian cinema over the last twenty years, with particular reference to modern masterpieces such as Tornatore’s Oscar-winning Nuovo Cinema Paradiso. The volume focuses on the work of some of the most prominent directors of recent times, combining an auteurist perspective with an incisive overview of the most important thematic and stylistic developments in modern Italian film-making.
A broad range of theoretical approaches has been selected, embracing cognitive, aesthetic, psychoanalytical, and sociological perspectives. This approach has been adopted with a view to providing the most illuminating analyses of the radically diverse work of different directors, rather than attempting to impose a single critical perspective or theme upon films that range from social realism to horror. Significantly, these different approaches are complemented by detailed discussions of the technical arrangements of given film sequences, since another of the volume’s aims is to encourage a greater familiarity with the effects of mise-en-scène, montage, sound, and camera movement.


ISBN (Softcover)
Italien Film Aufsatzsammlung Italian Cinema Aesthetics New Auteurs Social Realism Geschichte 1985-2005 Tornatore, Giuseppe
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2005. 278 pp.

Biographical notes

William Hope (Volume editor)

The Editor: William Hope is a lecturer in Italian language, literature and cinema at the University of Salford. He graduated from the University of Kent, did a PGCE at the University of York and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Birmingham. He has published volumes on the films of Giuseppe Tornatore, and on the writings of the novelist and journalist Curzio Malaparte.


Title: Italian Cinema