Filmmaking by the Book Italian Cinema and Literary Adaptation

ISBN-10: 080184455X

ISBN-13: 9780801844553

Edition: 1992

Authors: Millicent Marcus

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What is the impulse to transform literary narrative into cinematic discourse, and what are the factors that determine that transformation? In Filmmaking by the Book, Millicent Marcus considers the adaptive process as the sum total of a series of encounters: the institutional encounter between literary and film cultures, the semiotic encounter between two very different signifying systems, and the personal encounter between author and filmmaker -- sometimes involving an overt Oedipal struggle for selfhood. Marcus explores that process by looking at key works by such major postwar Italian filmmakers as Visconti, De Sica, Pasolini, Fellini, and the Taviani brothers. Drawing on the methodologies of semiotics, psychoanalysis, feminism, and ideological criticism, she finds that cinematic imaginations typically employ literary texts self-consciously to resolve specific artistic problems. Each of the filmmakers studied here define their own authorial task in relation to that of the literary precursor, and insert "umbilical" scenes or "allegories of adaptation" to teach viewers how to read their cinematic rewriting of literary sources.
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List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 12/1/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Introduction: Literature and Film: Negotiating the Terms
Visconti's La terra trema: The Typology of Adaptation
Visconti's Leopard: The Politics of Adaptation
De Sica's Two Women: Realigning the Gaze
De Sica's Garden of the Finzi-Continis: An Escapist Paradise Lost
Pasolini's Gospel According to St. Matthew: The Gaze of Faith
Pasolini's Decameron: Writing with Bodies
The Tavianis' Padre padrone: The Critical Acquisition of Codes
The Tavianis' Kaos: The Poetics of Adaptation
Fellini's Casanova: Adaptation by Self-projection
Fellini's La voce della luna: Resisting Postmodernism
Appendix: Film Synopses and Credits
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