Andre Bazin and Italian Neorealism
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.
- Hardback | 256 pages
- 152.4 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 521.63g
- 17 Nov 2011
- Continuum Publishing Corporation
- New York, United States
- 20 bw illustrations
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 Bert Cardullo's invaluable anthology makes available for the first time in one English-language volume all of Bazin's major texts on Italian neorealism. It provides a chronological overview of Bazin's developing critical response to neorealism, combining ambitious theoretical-historical essays with shorter and more focused reviews of individual films. Cardullo's choice of texts vividly recaptures the immediacy and excitement of Bazin's contemporary discovery and promotion of neorealism, while reflecting the critical intelligence that ensures the lasting value of his insights. It is of compelling interest not only to teachers and students of cinema but potentially to a wider public of film enthusiasts. Douglas Smith, School of Languages and Literatures, University College Dublin The work of the post-war Italian neorealist filmmakers constitutes one of the most respected and influential bodies of aesthetic creation of the twentieth century, and the French critic Andre Bazin was their first and most eloquent champion. Bert Cardullo's introduction to Bazin and neorealism, collecting all Bazin's trail-blazing writings on those Italian artists, and packaging them with ample filmographies and bibliographies, finally makes accessible in one volume an important, but hitherto widely scattered, body of reflection, criticism and theorising to lovers and students of film and of the art of film. Christopher Wagstaff, Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies at the University of Reading, author of "Italian Neorealist Cinema: An Aesthetic Approach" (Toronto, 2007).
About Bert Cardullo
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.
Table of contents
"Defining the Real: The Film Theory and Criticism of Andre Bazin," by Bert Cardullo; "What Is Neorealism?" by Bert Cardullo; "An Aesthetic of Reality: Cinematic Realism and the Italian School of the Liberation." (Jan. 1948); La Terra Trema (Visconti, 1948). (1948); Germany, Year Zero (Rossellini, 1947). (1949); Bicycle Thieves (De Sica, 1948). (Nov. 1949); "Vittorio De Sica: Metteur en Scene." (1951); Heaven over the Marshes (Genina, 1949). (May 1951); "Neorealism, Opera, and Propaganda: Forbidden Christ" (Malaparte, 1950). (July-Aug. 1951); The Road to Hope (Germi, 1950). (Feb. 1952); Two Cents' Worth of Hope (Castellani, 1951). (July 1952); Umberto D. (De Sica, 1952). (Oct. 1952); "In Italy." (1953); Europe '51 (Rossellini, 1952). (1953); "Will the Italian Cinema Betray Itself?" (Dec. 1954); La Strada (Fellini, 1954). (May 1955); Gold of Naples (De Sica, 1954). (June 1955); "In Defense of Rossellini." (Aug. 1955); "De Sica and Rossellini." (Sept. 1955); Senso (Visconti, 1954). (Feb. 1956); Il Bidone (Fellini, 1955). (March 1956); The Roof (De Sica, 1956). (Dec. 1956); "Neorealism Returns: Love in the City" (Fellini et alia, 1953). (March 1957); I Vitelloni (Fellini, 1953). (Oct. 1957); "Fellini's Voyage to the End of Neorealism: The Nights of Cabiria ." (Nov. (1957); +CREDITS OF THE FILMS OF ITALIAN NEOREALISM (INCLUDING PRECURSORS AND SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY OF ITALIAN NEOREALISM; +BAZIN BIBLIOGRAPHY; +INDEX.