Wednesday, 20 October 2010

The History Of Italian Cinema

The History Of Italian Cinema
The History Of Italian Cinema: A Guide To Italian Film From Its Origins To The 21st Century is an English translation of Gian Piero Brunetta's Guida Alla Storia Del Cinema Italiano 1905-2003; the Italian edition was published in 2003, and the English version includes a new afterword written in 2007. Brunetta has written extensively on the history of Italian cinema; his magnum opus is the four-volume Storia Del Cinema Italiano, though this is not (yet) available in an English translation.

For almost two decades, Brunetta's various Italian cinema histories remained the definitive accounts of their subject, with Peter Bondanella's Italian Cinema providing an impressive though inferior English-language alternative. However, Bondanella's A History Of Italian Cinema, with its new coverage of Italian film genres and its extensive bibliography, now equals or arguably even surpasses Brunetta's work.

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