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A Certain Realism

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Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975) was arguably the most complex director of postwar Italian cinema. His films—Accattone, The Canterbury Tales, Medea, Saló—continue to challenge and entertain new generations of moviegoers. A leftist, a homosexual, and a distinguished writer of fiction, poetry, and criticism, Pasolini once claimed that "a certain realism" informed his filmmaking.

Masterfully combining analyses of Pasolini's literary and theoretical writings and of all his films, Maurizio Viano offers the first thorough study of Pasolini's cinematic realism, in theory and in practice. He finds that Pasolini's cinematic career exemplifies an "expressionistic realism" that acknowledges its subjective foundation instead of striving for an impossible objectivity.

Focusing on the personal and expressionistic dimensions of Pasolini's cinema, Viano also argues that homosexuality is present in the films in ways that critics have thus far failed to acknowledge. Sure to generate controversy among film scholars, Italianists, and fans of the director's work, this accessible film-by-film treatment is an ideal companion for anyone watching Pasolini's films on video.

Synopsis:

Maurizio Viano, masterfully combining analyses of Pasolini's literary and theoretical writings and of all his films, offers the first through study of the theory and practice of Pasolini's cinematic realism. Viano's bold, innovative discussion is certain to generate controversy among film scholars, Italianists, and admires of the director's work.

Synopsis:

"Superb. . . . In its careful handling of the biographical and the autobiographical, the factual and the speculative, this book will become a model for how studies of individual directors should be done in the future."—Peter Brunette, author of Roberto Rossellini

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 347-350) and index. Filmography: p. 351-358.

About the Author

Maurizio Viano is Associate Professor of Italian at Wellesley College.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520078550
Author:
Viano, Maurizio
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Film - Direction & Production
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Pasolini, pier paolo, 1922-1975
Subject:
Pasolini, Pier Paolo
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film & Video - Direction & Production
Subject:
Criticism and interpretation
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
9448
Publication Date:
19930731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.98x5.97x.98 in. 1.19 lbs.

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Product details 368 pages University of California Press - English 9780520078550 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Maurizio Viano, masterfully combining analyses of Pasolini's literary and theoretical writings and of all his films, offers the first through study of the theory and practice of Pasolini's cinematic realism. Viano's bold, innovative discussion is certain to generate controversy among film scholars, Italianists, and admires of the director's work.
"Synopsis" by ,
"Superb. . . . In its careful handling of the biographical and the autobiographical, the factual and the speculative, this book will become a model for how studies of individual directors should be done in the future."—Peter Brunette, author of Roberto Rossellini
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