Visconti : Explorations of Beauty and Decay

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In this study, the first to consider Luchino Visconti's entire works, Henry Bacon examines the films of one of Italy's pre-eminent filmmakers against the cultural, historical, and biographical contexts in which they were made. Through analysis of his achievements, Visconti also emerges as a twentieth-century inheritor and renewer of the nineteenth-century narrative tradition, especially that of the novel and the opera.
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Introduction; Part I. Visconti and neorealism: 1. Ossessione; 2. The background, theory, and practice of neorealism; 3. La Terra Trema; 4. Bellissima; 5. Our Women; Part II. The Risorgimento Films: 6. Senso; 7. The Leopard; Part III. The Family and Modern Italian Society: 8. Visconti's two families; 9. Rocco and his brothers; 10. Sandra; 11. The Witch Burned Alive; 12. Conversation piece; Part IV. Visconti and Germany: 13. Visconti, Thomas Mann and two aspects of Europe; 14. The Job; 15. The Damned; 16. Death in Venice; 17. Ludwig; Part V. Visconti as an interpreter of European literature: 18. Experiencing literature and cinema; 19. White Nights; 20. The Stranger 21; Remembrance of things past; 22. The Innocent; Filmography; Stage productions; Unrealised film projects; Bibliography.
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