The Transatlantic Gaze: Italian Cinema, American Film

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The comparative essays of this book—written as separate chapters, each concentrating on a particular category: comedy, art film, Western, neorealism, and the remake—illustrate the impact of Italian cinema on filmmaking in the United States and examine the cultural exchange of techniques, ideas, and narratives. They also explore the ongoing dialogue between movie-makers on both sides of the Atlantic in terms of art, technology, and a form of globally accepted entertainment. The text is supported throughout by black-and-white photographs, as well as a bibliography, index, and notes at the end.

Mary Ann McDonald Carolan has written an astutely focused text on a universally acknowledged subject, but one that is rarely covered these days, even in academia. Though not for the casual reader, this book is an excellent reference for scholars and could provide movie buffs or Italophiles with a wealth of film trivia. From the influence of Pastrone’s Cabiria on D.W. Griffith’s “Intolerance” in the silent film era of the 1910s, to Sergio Leone’s effect on Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” in 2012, it’s clear that the collaboration and competition between directors of both nations is not just a trend and that the American film medium will continue to draw inspiration from Italian cinema aesthetics far into the future.

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Star Count 4.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 160 pages
Publisher SUNY Press
Publish Date 2014-Feb-03
ISBN 9781438450254 Buy this Book
Issue March 2014
Category Music & Movies


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