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A Cinema of Poetry
Author: Joseph Luzzi

ISBN: 9781421419848
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 17 January 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.5
Description:
A Cinema of Poetry brings Italian film studies into dialogue with fields outside its usual purview by showing how films can contribute to our understanding of aesthetic questions that stretch back to Homer. Joseph Luzzi considers the relation between film and literature, especially the cinematic adaptation of literary sources and, more generally, the fields of rhetoric, media studies, and modern Italian culture.

The book balances theoretical inquiry with close readings of films by the masters of Italian cinema: Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, Luchino Visconti, Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Bernardo Bertolucci, and others. Luzzi's study is the first to show how Italian filmmakers address such crucial aesthetic issues as the nature of the chorus, the relation between symbol and allegory, the literary prehistory of montage, and the place of poetry in cinematic expression - what Pasolini called the "cinema of poetry."

While Luzzi establishes how certain qualities of film - its link with technological processes, capacity for mass distribution, synth...

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