Andre Bazin and Italian Neorealism

Andre Bazin and Italian Neorealism

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This is a new collection of posthumous writings by Andre Bazin on Italian films and directors - never previously available in the English language. "Andre Bazin and Italian Neorealism" presents, for the first time in English, a new selection of Andre Bazin's writings on Vittorio De Sica, Roberto Rossellini, and Federico Fellini; lesser known but important neorealist works such as "The Roof", "Forbidden Christ", and "Love in the City"; and vital topics like realism versus reality, neorealism's eclipse amid postwar Italy's economic prosperity, and the relationship between neorealism and propaganda. There are also essays on art and politics, film and comedy, and cinema and the avant-garde. The book also features a sizable scholarly apparatus including explanatory notes, an extensive index, a contextual introduction to Bazin's life and work, a comprehensive Bazin bibliography, and credits of the films discussed. This volume thus represents a major contribution to the discipline of cinema studies, as well as a testament to the continuing influence of one of film's pre-eminent critical thinkers.

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 430.91g
  • Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • 20 bw illustrations
  • 1441170758
  • 9781441170750
  • 634,746

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Bert Cardullo is Professor and Chair, Department of Media and Communication, at Izmir University of Economics, Turkey. His books include Federico Fellini: Interviews, Jean Renoir: Interviews, Bazin at Work, and The Films of Robert Bresson. Andre Bazin (1918-58) was one of the most influential film critics and theorists of the Twentieth Century. A co-founder of Cahiers du cinema, he is widely considered to be the chief instigator of auteur theory.

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Italian Neorealism was among the areas of cinema dearest to Bazin, yet until now his writings on it have not been readily accessible in English. Cardullo's anthology provides not only translations of the major essays, but a comprehensive bibliographical and filmographic apparatus criticus. His introduction offers a succinct biography of Bazin along with a stimulating assessment of the importance of his work, unabashedly embracing its transcendental and spiritual qualities. This is a valuable resource for scholars of cinema and Italian culture alike. Keith Reader, Emeritus Professor of Modern French Studies, Glasgow University

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