Abstract: The Italian art cinema of the 1960s is known worldwide for its brilliance and vitality. Yet, rarely has this cinema been considered in relation to the profound economic and cultural changes - described as the 'economic miracle' - that transformed Italy during the sixties. Angelo Restivo argues for a completely new understanding of that cinema as a negotiation between a national aesthetic tradition of realism and a nascent post-modern image culture. Restivo studies numerous films of the period, focusing mainly on the works of Pier Paolo Pasolini and Michelangelo Antonioni. He finds that these auteurs' films reworked the neorealist aesthetic developed in the 1940s and 1950s, explored issues brought to the fore by the subsequent consumer boom, and presaged developments central to both critical theory and the visual arts in the 1980s and 1990s.Drawing on the theories of Lacan, Zizek, Benjamin, Foucault, Jameson, and Deleuze, he shines new light on such films as Pasolini's "Accattone" and "Teorema", and Antonioni's "Red Desert" and "Blow-Up". Restivo's model for understanding the relationship of the 1960s art film to its cultural contexts also has implications that extend to the contemporary cinemas of developing countries such as Brazil and Taiwan. "The Cinema of Economic Miracles" will interest scholars and students in all areas of film studies, especially those studying theories of the image, national cinema theory, and Italian cinema, and to those engaged in poststructuralist theory, philosophy, and comparative literature.
Title and contributions: The cinema of economic miracles : visuality and modernization in the Italian art film / Angelo Restivo.
Publication: Durham, NC : Duke University Press, 2002.
Physical description: 212 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Series: Post-contemporary interventions
Language: English (language of the text, soundtrack, etc..)
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