A Cinema of Poetry: Aesthetics of the Italian Art Film by Joseph Luzzi

By Joseph Luzzi

A Cinema of Poetry brings Italian movie reviews into discussion with fields outdoor its traditional purview by means of exhibiting 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, specially the cinematic variation of literary assets and, extra more often than not, the fields of rhetoric, media reviews, and smooth Italian culture.

The publication balances theoretical inquiry with shut readings of flicks by means 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 learn is the 1st to teach how Italian filmmakers deal with such the most important aesthetic matters 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 referred to as the "cinema of poetry."

While Luzzi establishes how yes characteristics of movie, its hyperlink with technological techniques, means for mass distribution, artificial virtues (and vices) because the so-called overall artwork, have reshaped centuries-long debates, A Cinema of Poetry additionally explores what's particular to the Italian artwork movie and, extra extensively, Italian cinematic background. In different phrases, what makes this model of the paintings movie recognizably "Italian"?

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His forceful images, those that he creates, beat on the heart of man more than does philosophy or history. Poetry is transformed into ethic[s].  . To write verses means to undergo judgment: and implicit in the aesthetic judgment are the social reactions to which a poem gives rise.  . War has interrupted a culture and proposed new values for man; and though the weapons have been laid aside, the dialogue of the poets with men is necessary, even more than the sciences and the agreements between nations, which can be betrayed.

Figure 2 Claudia reenters the frame in the opposite direction from figure 1, thereby jumping the line of the traditional 180-degree film axis (L’avventura). Introduction 15 Figure 3 Antonioni places Claudia and Sandro in disjointed spatial relation to call attention to the frame’s abstract compositional arrangement (L’avventura). in the 1940s. Indeed, Antonioni follows Rossellini in using this final scene to suggest the distance he had traveled from the neorealist themes of his early aesthetic development and its documentary-style cinematography.

Some purists also questioned the idea of the author itself, claiming that the emphasis on a guiding creative hand bespoke a bourgeois, politically suspect nostalgia for a cult of the artist that an industrializing and proletarian-centric Italy should no longer tolerate.  . ci sembra nello stesso tempo offrire l’ambiente più solido e umano, più miracolosamente vergine e vero, che possa ispirare la fantasia di un cinema il quale cerchi cose e fatti in un tempo e in uno spazio di realtà, per riscattarsi dai facili suggerimenti di un mortificato gusto borghese” (217).

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