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New PDF release: A Cinema of Poetry: Aesthetics of the Italian Art Film

By Joseph Luzzi

A Cinema of Poetry brings Italian movie reports into discussion with fields open air its traditional purview through displaying how motion pictures can give a contribution to our figuring out of aesthetic questions that extend again to Homer. Joseph Luzzi considers the relation among movie and literature, in particular the cinematic edition of literary resources and, extra mostly, the fields of rhetoric, media reports, and sleek Italian culture.

The booklet balances theoretical inquiry with shut readings of flicks by way of the masters of Italian cinema: Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, Luchino Visconti, Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Bernardo Bertolucci, and others. Luzzi's examine is the 1st to teach how Italian filmmakers deal with such an important aesthetic concerns because the nature of the refrain, the relation among image and allegory, the literary prehistory of montage, and where of poetry in cinematic expression, what Pasolini known as the "cinema of poetry."

While Luzzi establishes how convinced features of movie, its hyperlink with technological methods, ability for mass distribution, artificial virtues (and vices) because the so-called overall paintings, have reshaped centuries-long debates, A Cinema of Poetry additionally explores what's particular to the Italian paintings movie and, extra generally, Italian cinematic historical past. In different phrases, what makes this model of the paintings movie recognizably "Italian"?

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While the priest is read his last rites, the children in his flock stand by to observe and pit their whistles in univocal solidarity against the Latin drone of the clergy (figure 4). Meanwhile, the Christian believer Don Pietro sits alone in his thoughts and prayers (figure 5). In its solemnity his death occasions none of the fury or hysteria of Nietzsche’s chorus; it inspires instead the resigned and melancholic funereal march of the young witnesses toward a Rome that must be rebuilt. Despite its despair, this unified troop serves as a stark contrast to the failure earlier in the film of the Italian people to act in unison against their German oppressors, especially in the pivotal scene where the Nazis gun down the partisan heroine Pina as she runs after her 24 Neorealist Rhetoric and National Identity Figure 5 Rossellini’s Don Pietro filmed alone in prayerful disposition as a visual counterpoint to the choral imagery in figure 4 (Rome, Open City).

Le sue immagini forti, quelle create, battono sul cuore dell’uomo più della filosofia e della storia. La poesia si trasforma in etica.  . Scrivere versi significa subire un giudizio: quello estetico comprende implicitamente le reazioni sociali che suscita una poesia.  . La guerra ha interrotto una cultura e proposto nuovi valori dell’uomo; e se le armi sono ancora nascoste, il dialogo dei poeti con gli uomini è necessario, più delle scienze e degli accordi tra le nazioni, che possono essere traditi.

Like Bakhtin’s archetypal prose author, Verga “does not express himself in [his characters].  . Rather, he exhibits them as a unique speech-thing, [and] they function for him as something completely reified” (Bakhtin, “Discourse in the Novel” 299). Verga’s novel conveys this process through the dialect speech patterns and proverbializing of the inhabitants of Aci Trezza, orchestrating what Bakhtin labels the “stratification of language” to express the worldviews of his characters and, more implicitly, the author’s own “intentional theme” (“Discourse in the Novel” 299).

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