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National identity in global cinema [electronic resource] : how movies explain the world /
Carlo Celli.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
description
180 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
9780230108820 (alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
isbn
9780230108820 (alk. paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
China's Confucian, misogynistic nationalism -- Finland's rural urban split -- A certain suicidal tendency in French cinema -- The promises of India -- The Iranian divide -- Italian circularity -- Death in Mexico -- Ukrainian dualism -- America's Civil War and Hollywood's pragmatism.
catalogue key
8915008
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Carlo Celli is a Professor of Romance and Classical Studies at Bowling Green State University. His published books include The Divine Comic: The Cinema of Roberto Benigni (2001), Gillo Pontecorvo from Resistance to Terrorism (2005), A New Guide to Italian Cinema (2007), and Il carnevale di Machiavelli (2009).
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2011-08-01:
Celli (Romance and classical studies, Bowling Green State Univ.) is a precise and elegant writer, and in this compact, epigrammatic volume he tackles an interesting question: does the popular cinema of some nations (Celli chose nine for this study) reflect the mood and social trajectory of its citizens more than does highly praised but perhaps less accessible fare? For the most part, the answer is yes; populist cinema is, Celli persuasively argues, a reliable barometer of public taste and national concerns. It reflects not only how nations wish to see themselves, but also how they view their place in the world as a whole. Discussing the films of China, Finland, France, India, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Ukraine, and the US, Celli deftly sketches the cinematic history of each country and demonstrates how commercial, mainstream films often offer a truer picture of national culture than films designed for an art-house audience. Celli's energetic, sympathetic prose brings depth and scope to the book's central thesis, and his writing is marked by a touch of wry humor that is refreshing and engaging. A valuable resource for those interested in world cinema. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers. W. W. Dixon University of Nebraska--Lincoln
Reviews
Review Quotes
"Celli's energetic, sympathetic prose brings depth and scope to the book's central thesis, and his writing is marked by a touch of wry humor that is refreshing and engaging. A valuable resource for those interested in world cinema. Highly recommended."-- CHOICE "This book, with its bold call for a new way to approach critical analysis of national cinemas, will stand up as a fundamental text of solid, timeless film criticism, outside of the critical vogues that come and go on a short timely base."--Marga Cottino-Jones, Emerita Professor of Italian, UCLA
"This book, with its bold call for a new way to approach critical analysis of national cinemas, will stand up as a fundamental text of solid, timeless film criticism, outside of the critical vogues that come and go on a short timely base."--Marga Cottino-Jones, Emerita Professor of Italian, UCLA
“This book, with its bold call for a new way to approach critical analysis of national cinemas, will stand up as a fundamental text of solid, timeless film criticism, outside of the critical vogues that come and go on a short timely base.”--Marga Cottino-Jones, Emerita Professor of Italian, UCLA
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
When themes of historical and cultural identity appear and repeat in popular film, it is possible to see the real pulse of a nation and comprehend a people, their culture and their history. This book describes how national cultures as reflected in popular cinema can truly explain the world, one country at a time.
Description for Bookstore
When themes of historical and cultural identity appear and repeat in popular film, it is possible to see the real pulse of a nation and comprehend a people, their culture and their history
Main Description
What makes an Italian film Italian, a French film French? Are Hollywood films really American? This study reveals how centralization, common language and narrative convention express the cultural heritages within the national cinemas of nine countries (China, Finland, France, India, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Ukraine, and the United States). The goal is to bring critical theory and artistic expression back into equilibrium with a method that demonstrates how popular cinema truly can explain the world, one country at a time.
Main Description
What makes an Italian film Italian, a French film French? Are Hollywood films really American? This study reveals how centralization, common language and narrative convention express the cultural heritages within the national cinemas of nine countries (China, Finland, France, India, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Ukraine, and the United States). The goal is to bring critical theory and artistic expression back into equilibrium with a method that demonstrates how popular cinema truly can explain the world,one country at a time.
Main Description
When themes of historical and cultural identity appear and repeat in popular film, it is possible to see the real pulse of a nation and comprehend a people, their culture, and their history. National Identity in Global Cinema describes how national cultures, as reflected in popular cinema, can truly explain the world , one country at a time.
Main Description
When themes of historical and cultural identity appear and repeat in popular film, it is possible to see the real pulse of a nation and comprehend a people, their culture, and their history. National Identity in Global Cinema describes how national cultures, as reflected in popular cinema, can trulyexplain the world, one country at a time.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
China's Confucian, Misogynistic Nationalismp. 11
Finland's Rural-Urban Splitp. 23
A Certain (Suicidal) Tendency in French Cinemap. 43
The Promises of Indiap. 61
The Iranian Dividep. 71
Italian Circularityp. 83
Death in Mexicop. 99
Ukrainian Dualismp. 115
America's Civil War and Hollywood's Pragmatismp. 129
Conclusionp. 149
Notesp. 157
Bibliographyp. 165
Indexp. 175
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