Answered By: Rich Gause
Last Updated: Dec 12, 2014     Views: 266

Your question is too complex for us to provide a succinct answer online and I can't determine whether or not you're geographically close enough to come to the library for face-to-face assistance. Here are a few places to begin your research. If you're not close to us, perhaps you can try similar resources in another academic library in your area.

Some of the books retrieved from the UCF Library catalog for the subject of "motion pictures--Italy--history" include:

Italian Film by Marcia Landy (Cambridge University Press, 2000) - "Italian Film examines the extraordinary cinematic tradition of Italy, from the silent era to the present. Analyzing film within the framework of Italy's historical, social, political, and cultural evolution during the twentieth century, Marcia Landy traces the construction of a coherent national cinema and its changes over time. Examining the cinematic uses of landscape, architecture, regional, rural, and metropolitan locales, and representations of social customs and rituals, Landy also discusses genres, stars, and narrative and anti-narrative forms. A comprehensive survey of this subject, Italian Film also offers fresh readings of key films from each period surveyed."--BOOK JACKET.

Italian Cinema: From Neorealism to the Present by Peter Bondanella (Ungar, 1983)

Vital Crises in Italian Cinema: Iconography, Stylistics, Politics by P. Adams Sitney (Univ of Texas Press, 1995)

Italian Cinema by Mary P. Wood (Berg, 2005) - "Italian Cinema presents an overview and analysis of one of the most prolific and influential of national cinemas. Outlining the artistic, cultural, technical and commercial context of film, Italian Cinema presents a history from silent to contemporary film. As well as illuminating the work of classic directors such as Visconti, Fellini, Rossellini, Antonioni and Rosi, the book explores the interaction between art and popular cinema, visual style and spectacle, space and architecture, gender representations and politics."--BOOK JACKET.


If you're able to come into the library, one of the relevant databases to search for journal articles is Film & Television Literature Index. For example:

Law, Shirley. 2005. "TURNING POINTS IN ITALIAN CINEMA." Screen Education no. 40: 22-29. Film & Television Literature Index, EBSCOhost (accessed April 1, 2013). "The article focuses on the turning points in Italian Cinema from national to post-national in the post-war era. Immediately following the second world war and during the subsequent period of social and economic reconstruction, Italian film was linked intimately with the refashioning of the national image. In more recent times, especially since the late 1980s, filmmakers and critics have grappled with the demands of a new post-national environment, in which both regional and global imperatives have impacted on issues of nation, culture and identity."

Lawton, Ben. 1978. "Italian Neorealism: A Mirror Construction of Reality." Film Criticism 3, no. 2: 8-23. Film & Television Literature Index, EBSCOhost (accessed April 1, 2013). "The article provides a brief history of neorealism and its underlying principles in Italy. It is noted that neorealism has been described as a trend or movement in Italian art, literature, and cinema. In fact, the term neorealism first appeared in an essay by Arnaldo Bocelli in 1930. The linguistic experimentation of neorealism has reached its zenith after the Second World War. The use and influence of dialectal expressions can be traced back to Emile Zola, Giovanni Pascoli, and Giuseppe Verga. It is noted that neorealist works showed a more or less explicit faith in marxist dialectical conflict, in the inevitability of historical evolution, and in the irresistible power of collective effort."

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