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Italian cinema : gender and genre /
Maggie Günsberg.
imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
description
ix, 243 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0333751159, 9780333751152
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imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
isbn
0333751159
9780333751152
catalogue key
5328186
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Includes filmography.
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Appeared in Choice on 2006-01-01:
Gunsberg (Manchester Univ., UK) studies commercial films--melodramas, comedies, peplums (i.e., films set in biblical times or classical antiquity), horror films, and spaghetti westerns--produced during peak periods (the 1950s and 1960s) and overlooked by critics focusing on neorealism. She defines the formal properties of each genre and isolates "key gender issues" facing a patriarchal, Catholic, and capitalist society. For example, the melodrama reflects the dispersion of the family in postwar Italy and nostalgically recalls the importance of family unity, marriage, and motherhood. Mothers who experience sexual desire suffer and are torn away from their children. This mater dolorosa, a recurring motif, functions "much like the religious morality tales reminiscent of the exemplum, told from the pulpit." In describing how other genres reflect and reinforce cultural expectations and exploit fears, Gunsberg examines consumerism and commodity fetishism in the commedia all'italiana, the idealization of masculinity in peplums, and the gynophobic response to the threat of femininity and autonomy in horror films. The final chapter addresses the homosocial aspect of the spaghetti western, providing a context for the assertion of masculinity--and whiteness. Relying on the work of Stephen Neale and Laura Mulvey, this book anticipates a reader familiar with Freudian and Lacanian vocabularies. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. S. Vander Closter Rhode Island School of Design
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Main Description
Maggie Gunsberg examines popular genre cinema in Italy during the 1950s and 1960s, focusing on melodrama, commedia all'italiana , peplum, horror and the spaghetti western. These genres are explored from a gender standpoint which takes into account the historical and socio-economic context of cinematic production and consumption. An interdisciplinary feminist approach informed by current film theory and other perspectives (psychoanalytic, materialist, deconstructive), leads to the analysis of genre-specific representations of femininity and masculinity as constructed by the formal properties of film.
Main Description
Maggie Gunsberg examines popular genre cinema in Italy during the 1950s and 1960s, focusing on melodrama,commedia all'italiana, peplum, horror and the spaghetti western. These genres are explored from a gender standpoint which takes into account the historical and socio-economic context of cinematic production and consumption. An interdisciplinary feminist approach informed by current film theory and other perspectives (psychoanalytic, materialist, deconstructive), leads to the analysis of genre-specific representations of femininity and masculinity as constructed by the formal properties of film.
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Maggie Günsberg examines popular genre cinema in Italy during the 1950s and 1960s, focusing on melodrama, peplum, horror and the spaghetti western. These genres are explored from a gender standpoint which takes into account the historical and socio-economic context of cinematic production and consumption.
Main Description
Maggie Gunsberg examines popular genre cinema in Italy during the 1950s and 1960s, focusing on melodrama, commedia all'italiana, peplum, horror and the spaghetti western. These genres are explored from a gender standpoint which takes into account the historical and socio-economic context of cinematic production and consumption. An interdisciplinary feminist approach informed by current film theory and other perspectives (psychoanalytic, materialist, deconstructive), leads to the analysis of genre-specific representations of femininity and masculinity as constructed by the formal properties of film.
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Maggie Gunsberg examines popular genre cinema in Italy during the 1950s and 1960s, focusing on melodrama, commedia all'italiana, peplum, horror and the spaghetti western.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Domestic Bliss: Desire and the Family in Melodrama
Commodifying Passions: Gender and Consumerism in Commedia all'italiana
Heroic Bodies: The Cult of Masculinity in the Peplum
Looking at Medusa: Investigating Femininity in the Horror Film
The Man With No Name: Masculinity as Style in the Spaghetti Western
Bibliography
Index
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