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Italian Political Cinema

Public Life, Imaginary, and Identity in Contemporary Italian Film

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Giancarlo Lombardi and Christian Uva

Despite the powerful anti-political impulses that have pervaded Italian society in recent years, Italian cinema has sustained and renewed its longstanding engagement with questions of politics, both in the narrow definition of the term, and in a wider understanding that takes in reflections on public life, imaginary, and national identity. This book explores these political dimensions of contemporary Italian cinema by looking at three complementary strands: the thematics of contemporary political film from a variety of perspectives; the most prominent directors currently engaged in this filone; and case studies of the films that best represent this engagement. Conceived and edited by two Italian film scholars working in radically different academic settings, Italian Political Cinema brings together a wide array of critical positions and research from Italy, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States. The tripartite structure and international perspective create a volume that is an accessible entry-point into a subject that continues to attract critical and cultural attention, both inside and outside of academia.
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ANITA ANGELONE is an independent scholar based in Virginia, where she works in the non-profit sphere. She is the co-editor, with Clarissa Clò, of Other Visions: Contemporary Italian Documentary Cinema as Counter-Discourse (2011), a special double issue of Studies in Documentary Film.

PIERPAOLO ANTONELLO is Reader in Italian Literature and Culture, and Head of the Department of Italian at the University of Cambridge (UK). He is interested in Italian political cinema and in the representation of violence in film. He has published on Pier Paolo Pasolini, Nanni Moretti, Paolo Sorrentino, Matteo Garrone, Daniele Vicari, Quentin Tarantino, and on socio-political commitment in contemporary Italian film-making.

CLAUDIO BISONI is Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of Bologna. His research focuses on the relationship between criticism, aesthetics and modes of reception, as well as on North American and Italian cinema of the 1960s and 1970s. His publications include Brian De Palma (2002); La critica cinematografica: Metodo, storia e scrittura (2006); Gli anni affollati: La cultura cinematografica italiana (1970–1979) (2009); and Elio Petri: Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto (2011). He has also worked on new media narrative forms, and edited (with Veronica Innocenti) the volume Media Mutations. Gli ecosistemi narrativi nello scenario mediale contemporaneo: Spazi, modelli, usi sociali (2013).

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