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Hollywood's Italian American Filmmakers Capra, Scorsese, Savoca, Coppola, and Tarantino

ISBN-10: 0252078071

ISBN-13: 9780252078071

Edition: 2011

Authors: Jonathan J. Cavallero

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Hollywood's Italian American Filmmakersexplores the different ways in which Italian American directors from the 1920s to the present have responded to their ethnicity. While some directors have used film to declare their ethnic roots and create an Italian American "imagined community," others have ignored or even denied their background. Jonathan J. Cavallero examines the films of Frank Capra, Martin Scorsese, Nancy Savoca, Francis Ford Coppola, and Quentin Tarantino with a focus on what the films reveal about each director's view on Italian American identities. Whereas Capra's films highlight similarities between immigrant characters and WASP Americans, Scorsese accepts his ethnic heritage but also sees it as confining. Similarly, many of Coppola's films provide a nostalgic treatment of Italian American identity, but with little criticism of the culture's more negative aspects. And while Savoca's movies reveal her artful ability to recognize how ethnic, gender, and class identities overlap, Tarantino's films exhibit a playfully postmodern engagement with Italian American ethnicity. Cavallero's exploration of the films of Capra, Scorsese, Savoca, Coppola, and Tarantino demonstrates how immigrant Italians fought prejudice, how later generations positioned themselves in relation to their predecessors, and how the American cinema, usually seen as a cultural institution that works to assimilate, has also served as a forum where assimilation was resisted.
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 4/29/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Deb Vanasse is the author of nine books.Will Kaufmanis a professor of American literature and culture at the University of Central Lancashire, England. He is the author of three previous books, most recentlyAmerican Culture in the 1970s. Also a professional folksinger and multi-instrumentalist, he has performed hundreds of musical presentations on Woody Guthrie at universities, music festivals, and folk clubs throughout Europe and the United States.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ethnic Denial and Its Impossibility
Confined and Defined by Ethnicity
Ethnicity, Class, and Gender
Ethnic Nostalgia in the Godfather Trilogy
Ethnicity and the Postmodern
Conclusion: Ancestral Legacies and History's Lessons
Notes
Bibliography
Index