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Italian Screen Studies in 2017

The most recent issue of The Italianist (2017, 37, 2), edited by Charles Leavitt, Catherine ORawe and Dana Renga), is devoted to screen studies. The section on acting and performance has essays by Lisa Sarti on early Italian cinema journals and their reflections on acting for film and stage, Sarah Culhane on Anna Magnani and Sophia Loren performing the popolana, Alison Cooper on Rome as a key locus for reflecting on the relationship between performance and place, and Danielle Hipkins on the performance of girlhood in Gabrielle Mainettis Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot. All four essays underline the importance of theatricality for an understanding of Italian film theory and practice. In addition two pieces focus on Carl Koch’s film of Tosca (1941): Berhard Kuhn uses it to examine the relation between film melodrama and opera and Ivo Blom analyses the making of the film and the contributions of Jean Renoir and Luigi Visconti.

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New research trends in Italian screen studies

New research trendsThat’s the title of an iTunes U course of talks and video-conference sessions on Italian screen studies, organised by Dana Renga (Ohio State University), delivered by ten scholars from the US and UK, and viewable free through iTunes. Topics include: teen film, fascist colonial cinema, neorealism, mafia cinema, migration cinema, serial television, star studies, the terrorist film and the biopic, new queer cinema, popular cinema and the cinepanettone, and postfeminism. The course takes stock of the discipline, considers what changes we have seen over the last decade, asks where we are now, and reflects on where we might be headed.

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