European Directors and Their Films: Essays on Cinema

European Directors and Their Films: Essays on Cinema


By (author) Bert Cardullo


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  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press
  • Format: Hardback | 386 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 231mm x 30mm | 816g
  • Publication date: 9 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Lanham, MD
  • ISBN 10: 0810885263
  • ISBN 13: 9780810885264
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 39 black & white halftones

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At a time when movie reviews have degenerated into mere publicity and film scholarship has become entangled in pedantic discourse, close readings of major directing careers and significant films are a needed alternative. In European Directors and Their Films: Essays on Cinema, Bert Cardullo analyzes of some of the most important film artists and individual films of the last several decades. Beyond simple biographical capsules and plot summaries, these readings demonstrate with elegance and clarity what cinema means as well as what it shows, explaining how international moviemakers use the resources of the medium to pursue complex, significant human goals. In this volume Cardullo offers fresh perspectives on some of the established greats of European cinema-including Vittorio De Sica (Shoeshine, Bicycle Thieves, Umberto D.), Federico Fellini (I Vitelloni, La Strada, Nights of Cabiria), Jean Renoir (Grand Illusion, The Rules of the Game), Robert Bresson (L'Argent), Jacques Tati (Mr. Hulot's Holiday), Ingmar Bergman (Winter Light, Autumn Sonata), Eric Rohmer (A Tale of Winter), and Roman Polanski (The Pianist)-as well as insights into vital work by such contemporary filmmakers as Michael Haneke (The Piano Teacher), Sergei Bodrov (Prisoner of the Mountains), Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne (La Promesse, The Son, L'Enfant), Andrei Kravchuk (The Italian), and Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days). Including essays on filmmakers from continental Europe, Russia, and Scandinavia, this engaging companion to World Directors and Their Films will appeal to general readers as well as scholars of international cinema.

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Author information

Bert Cardullo is professor of Media and Communication at the Izmir University of Economics in Turkey. He is the author, editor, or translator of a number of books on film and drama, including World Directors in Dialogue: Conversations on Cinema (Scarecrow, 2011).

Review quote

These two new volumes from Scarecrow Press take a scholarly, in-depth look at some of the best internationally known film directors of our time. The author's goal is to go beyond the publicity trailers and look into the artistic merit and vision of the directors as well as their purpose in creating the film. The titles provide more than just biographical data and filmographies, they also provide insight into how the film directors use film to promote political, historical, and social agendas...Cardullo has written several books and journal articles on film and drama and his knowledge and love of the industry show through in these volumes. These titles would be valuable additions to any large university's film studies collection. American Reference Books Annual

Table of contents

Introduction Part I. Italian Maestros "The Neorealist Films of Vittorio De Sica" "The Artistic Achievement of Federico Fellini: I Vitelloni, La Strada, and The Nights of Cabiria as Exempla" "Film as the Characterization of Space, or the World Viewed: The Art of Michelangelo Antonioni" "Married to the Job: Ermanno Olmi's Il Posto and I Fidanzati Reconsidered" "Forbidden Games: Gianni Amelio's Stolen Children and Lamerica" Part II. Francophone Masters "'Everyone Has His Reasons': The Cinema of Jean Renoir" "World Beyond and Grace: The Films of Robert Bresson" "The Sound of Silence, The Space of Time: Monsieur Hulot and the Cinema of Jacques Tati" "Seasons Change and Comedies Are Proverbial: The Tales of Eric Rohmer" "Lower Depths, Higher Planes: On Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne's La Promesse, Rosetta, The Son, and L'Enfant" Part III. Nordic Auteurs "Carl Dreyer's Day of Wrath, the Spirit of Tragedy, and the Judgment of the Creator" "Early vs. Later and Last Work: Ingmar Bergman's Winter Light, Autumn Sonata, and Saraband" "Lonely People, Living in the World: Three Films by Aki Kaurismaki" "Memories Are Made of This: Rainer Werner Fassbinder and the FRG Trilogy" "Shoot the Piano Player: The Piano Teacher and the Cinema of Michael Haneke" Part IV. Russian and Other East European Raconteurs "Lonely People, Living in the World: Viacheslav Krishtofovich's Lonely Woman Seeks Life Companion, Vasily Pichul's Little Vera, and Pavel Lounguine's Taxi Blues" "Suffer the Children: On Andrei Kravchuk's The Italian and Vitaly Kanevski's Freeze. Die. Come to Life." "Filial Longing: Julie Bertuccelli's Since Otar Left, Karoly Makk's Love, and Sergei Bodrov's Prisoner of the Mountains" "Global War, Polish Remembrance: Roman Polanski's The Pianist and Andrzej Wajda's Katyn" "The New Romanian Cinema: Cristian Mungiu's 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days; Corneliu Porumboiu's 12:08 East of Bucharest and Police, Adjective; Florin Serban's If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle; and Andrei Ujica's The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu" Film Credits Filmographies Bibliographies Index