By Mary Ann McDonald Carolan
Tracks the effect of Italian cinema on American movie from the postwar interval to the present.
In The Transatlantic Gaze, Mary Ann McDonald Carolan files the sustained and profound creative influence of Italian administrators, actors, and screenwriters on American movie. operating throughout a number of genres, together with neorealism, comedy, the Western, and the paintings movie, Carolan explores how and why American administrators from Woody Allen to Quentin Tarantino have tailored definite Italian trademark ideas and motifs. Allen’s To Rome with Love (2012), for instance, is an homage to the genius of Italian filmmakers, and to Federico Fellini specifically, whose Lo sceicco bianco/The White Sheik (1952) additionally resonates with Allen’s The pink Rose of Cairo (1985) in addition to with Neil LaBute’s Nurse Betty (2000). Tarantino’s Kill Bill saga (2003, 2004) performs off components of Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Western C’era una volta il West/Once Upon a Time within the West (1968), a transatlantic dialog in regards to the Western that keeps in Tarantino’s Oscar-winning Django Unchained (2012). Lee Daniels’s Precious (2009) and Spike Lee’s Miracle at St. Anna (2008), in the meantime, show that the neorealism of Roberto Rossellini and Vittorio De Sica, which arose from the political and fiscal exigencies of postwar Italy, is an efficient motor vehicle for critiquing social matters comparable to poverty and racism in a latest American context. The publication concludes with an exam of yank remakes of well known Italian motion pictures, a comparability that gives perception into the similarities and variations among the 2 cultures and the modifications in style, either sophisticated and seen, that underlie this way of cross-cultural exchange.
“…a meticulous paintings of affection that juxtaposes the superior Italian and American movies produced because the finish of worldwide warfare II up until eventually the second one decade of the hot millennium with the intention to unveil the impact of Italian cinema on American movie … The unique analyses of this scrupulous paintings are of curiosity not just to students of cinema and Italian stories, but in addition to these engaged in comparative, cultural, American and Italian-American studies.” — Journal of recent Italian Studies
“…an very good reference for students … leading edge, well-written and well-argued, The Transatlantic Gaze not just represents a tremendous contribution to the sphere of movie stories, but additionally to the world of Italian cultural reports, placing itself right into a sequence of works that examine the impression of Italian tradition yet are written in English and hence directed in the direction of an anglophone audience.” — Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies
“…insightful … In unique readings and comparisons, and thank you partly to the well-chosen quotations that she meticulously analyzes, Carolan is masterful in acknowledging the large effect that the Italian filmmakers have had on their American counterparts.” — CHOICE
“…Carolan has written an astutely centred textual content on a universally said topic, yet person who isn't coated nowadays, even in academia … this publication is a superb reference for students and will supply motion picture buffs or Italophiles with a wealth of movie trivia.” — San Francisco e-book Review
Mary Ann McDonald Carolan is affiliate Professor of contemporary Languages and Literatures and Director of the Italian experiences application at Fairfield University.
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