Cinematic Uses of the Past

Cinematic Uses of the Past

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Cinematic Uses of the Past was first published in 1996. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.From the first, cinema has sustained a romance with the past. The nature of this attachment, and what it reveals about our culture, is the subject of Marcia Landy's book. Cinematic Uses of the Past looks at British, American, Italian, and African films for what they can tell us about popular history and our cultural investment in certain images of the past.Landy peruses six different moments in the history of cinema, employing the theories of Nietzsche and Gramsci. Her reading of these films explores their investments in history and memory in relation to ideas of nation, sexuality, gender, and race. Among the films she discusses are A Fistful of Dynamite, The Scarlet Empress, Dance with a Stranger, Holocaust, Schindler's List, Le camp de Thiaroye, Guelwaar, The Leopard, and Veronika Voss. A thoroughly compelling reading of these emblematic films, Cinematic Uses of the Past is also a revealing interpretation of popular history, exposing the fragmentary, tentative, and invested nature of cultural memory. Marcia Landy is professor of literature and film studies at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of several books, including Film, Politics, and Gramsci (Minnesota, 1995).
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  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 144.78 x 228.6 x 20.32mm | 498.95g
  • Minnesota, United States
  • English
  • Minnesota Archive Editions ed.
  • 0816628254
  • 9780816628254
  • 1,887,922

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Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible to scholars, students, researchers, and general readers. Rich with historical and cultural value, these works are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions. The books offered through Minnesota Archive Editions are produced in limited quantities according to customer demand and are available through select distribution partners.
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Table of contents

Folklore, memory and postcoloniality in Ousmane Sembene's films; "Which way is west?" - Americanism, history and the Italian western; the operatic as history - two Risorgimento narratives; sheets of the past - folklore, the biopic and "The scarlet empress"; "You remember Diana Dors, don't you?" - history, femininity, and the law in 1950s and 1980s British cinema; historical capital - mourning, melodrama and nazism.
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About Marcia Landy

Marcia Landy is Distinguished Service Professor of English/Film Studies at the University of Pittsburgh with a secondary appointment in the Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures. She teaches courses on film genres, film directors (e.g., Pasolini and Rossellini), national cinemas (e.g., British and Italian), film history and theory, cinema and the transnational, melodrama, and politics and film.Her articles on film have appeared in Screen, Post Script, Jump Cut, Cinema Journal, New German Critique, Critical Quarterly, Journal of Film and Video, Cine-Tracts, boundary 2, and in anthologies.Her books include Fascism in Film: The Italian Commercial Cinema, 1929-1943; Imitations of Life: A Reader on Film and Television Melodrama; British Genres; Cinema and Society, 1930-1960; Cultures, Politics and the Writings of Antonio Gramsci; Queen Christina (with Amy Villarejo); Cinematic Uses of the Past, and The Folklore of Consensus: Theatricality in the Italian Cinema, 1930-1945, Italian Film, and The Historical Film: History and Memory in Media.
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