The Italian Cinema Book (Paperback)Dr Peter Bondanella (editor)
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 392
Weight: 755 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 22 mm
A beautifully produced volume. This is a publication that beckons us readers to enter its pages, and we do so eagerly and most willingly. Seeing Peter Bondanella's name as editor on the cover is a sure guarantee of quality, adding to the immediate appeal of the volume. Bondanella is not a scholar who is content to rest on his most deserved laurels; rather, he has always sought to keep up with what passing time brings: new films, new critical and theoretical approaches, new ways of doing film history and history tout court. [This book] is assuredly shaped throughout by Bondanella's deep and wide expertise not only in the choice of the topics covered or the organization of the volume; but also in the thoughtful selection of diverse contributions whose approaches and conclusions create many instances of implicit debate, even dissonance, as to what precisely doing film history, theory and interpretation might in fact mean at this temporal juncture... -- Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies * Rebecca West *
It is not so much the subject matter that is original, but the approach: the spirit of 'rethinking' that informs each of the contributions. The book reflects the current state of scholarship on cinema with references to popular research models and canonical topics in the field. The book is well illustrated by frame shots, photographs, movie posters, and advertisements. It includes a useful extended bibliography of suggested reading at end of book. The collection gives a clear account of the current state of the art, and in some case refocuses debates. In this sense, it is a useful resource for both researchers and students of all levels. -- LSE Review of Books
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