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Comedy Italian Style: The Golden Age of Italian Film Comedies

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This book explores the work of Dino Risi with The Easy Life (1962), The Monsters (1963), The New Monsters (1977), and Scent of a Woman (1974), Mario Monicelli with Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958), The Great War (1959), and Amici miei (1975), also Pietro Germi with Divorce Italian Style (1961), as well as filmmakers as disparate as Federico Fellini with Amarcord (1973), Ettore Scola with Down and Dirty (1976), Lina Wertmüller with Swept Away (1974), Luigi Comencini with The Scientific Cardplayer (1972) and many others. In addition the volume explains how the genre was able to reveal during two decades (1960s and 1970s) many acting talents and confirmed the future legacy of picturesque icons such as Alberto Sordi, Nino Manfredi, Vittorio Gassman, Stefania Sandrelli, Claudia Cardinale, Monica Vitti, Giancarlo Giannini and Ugo Tognazzi, all of whom depicted the Italian resilience in the utmost idiosyncratic manner.

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This book explores the work of Dino Risi with The Easy Life (1962), The Monsters (1963), The New Monsters (1977), and Scent of a Woman (1974), Mario Monicelli with Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958), The Great War (1959), and Amici miei (1975), also Pietro Germi with Divorce Italian Style (1961), as well as filmmakers as disparate as Federico Fellini with Amarcord (1973), Ettore Scola with Down and Dirty (1976), Lina Wertmüller with Swept Away (1974), Luigi Comencini with The Scientific Cardplayer (1972) and many others. In addition the volume explains how the genre was able to reveal during two decades (1960s and 1970s) many acting talents and confirmed the future legacy of picturesque icons such as Alberto Sordi, Nino Manfredi, Vittorio Gassman, Stefania Sandrelli, Claudia Cardinale, Monica Vitti, Giancarlo Giannini and Ugo Tognazzi, all of whom depicted the Italian resilience in the utmost idiosyncratic manner.

Table of Contents

- PART ONE: BEFORE THE ADVENT OF THE COMMEDIA ALL'ITALIANA

  CHAPTER I: THE FORERUNNERS

 - The Origins of Italian Comedy

- The Silent Era and the Prestige of Hollywood Comedies

- The Prewar Era, Cinecittà and Telefoni Bianchi

- The Marc'Aurelio and the New Screenwriters

 CHAPTER II: THE AGE OF NEOREALISMO ROSA

 - Neorealism and Neorealismo Rosa in Question

- A Special Case in Italian Comedy: Totò

- Differences between Commedia Italiana and Commedia all'italiana

- The Forerunners of the Comedy Italian Style

PART TWO: THE YEARS OF EUPHORIA AND THE COMMEDIA ALL'ITALIANA

 CHAPTER I: ITALIAN COMEDY IN THE 1960s

 - Italy During the Years of Economic Miracle

- Italian Film Industry in the 1960s and State Censorship

- The Art of Getting by and the Commedia all'italiana

 CHAPTER II: THE PROTAGONISTS OF THE NEW COMEDY STYLE

 - Dino Risi and the Art of Caustic Satire 

- Mario Monicelli and Historical Comedies

- Regional Comedies Pietro Germi's Style

- Alberto Lattuada: Between Versatile and Eclectic Comedy

- The Newcomers to the Commedia: Antonio Pietrangeli and Elio Petri

PART THREE: THE FINAL ACT OF THE COMMEDIA ALL'ITALIANA

 CHAPTER I: ITALIAN COMEDY IN THE 1970s

 - Italy During the Lead Years

- Italian Film Industry in the 1970s

- Ettore Scola and the Discourse of Cynicism

- Marco Ferreri's Grotesque Style

 CHAPTER II: THE LAST PROTAGONISTS

 - Dino Risi: A Legacy in Evolution

- Lina Wertmüller: When Humor challenges the Rules

- Federico Fellini's Successful Return to Comedy

- A Comedy of Frustrations: Franco Brusati

- Luigi Zampa's Satirical Cinema

- The Human Comedy of Alberto Sordi

- Mario Monicelli and the Difficult Years

- Luigi Comencini: the End of an Era

ABBREVIATIONS

APPENDIX

 - Academy Awards

- Cannes Film Festival

- Venice Film Festival

- David di Donatello

- Nastri d'Argento

- Italian Comedies at the Box Office

NOTES

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

Product Details

ISBN:
9780826418227
Author:
Lanzoni, Remi Fournier
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Author:
Lanzoni, R'Mi Fournier
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Film & Video - General
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Comedy
Subject:
Comedy films
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Comedy films -- Italy -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Subject:
Popular Culture
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.52 x 5.76 x 1 in

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This book explores the work of Dino Risi with The Easy Life (1962), The Monsters (1963), The New Monsters (1977), and Scent of a Woman (1974), Mario Monicelli with Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958), The Great War (1959), and Amici miei (1975), also Pietro Germi with Divorce Italian Style (1961), as well as filmmakers as disparate as Federico Fellini with Amarcord (1973), Ettore Scola with Down and Dirty (1976), Lina Wertmüller with Swept Away (1974), Luigi Comencini with The Scientific Cardplayer (1972) and many others. In addition the volume explains how the genre was able to reveal during two decades (1960s and 1970s) many acting talents and confirmed the future legacy of picturesque icons such as Alberto Sordi, Nino Manfredi, Vittorio Gassman, Stefania Sandrelli, Claudia Cardinale, Monica Vitti, Giancarlo Giannini and Ugo Tognazzi, all of whom depicted the Italian resilience in the utmost idiosyncratic manner.
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