The Folklore of Consensus: Theatricality in the Italian Cinema, 1930-1943

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SUNY Press, 1998 M01 1 - 352 páginas
Marcia Landy's The Folklore of Consensus examines the theatricality in the Italian popular cinema of the 1930s and early 1940s, arguing that theatricality was a form of politics--a politics of style. While film critics no longer regard the commercial films of the era as mere propaganda, they continue to regard the cinema under fascism as "escapist," diverting audiences from the harsh realities of life under fascism. The Folklore of Consensus problematizes the notion of "escapism," examining the complexity that redeems the films from frivolity and evasion. It shifts the focus from a preoccupation with cinema as the public and spectacular purveyor of "fascinating fascism" to a more immediate and intimate terrain that bears on formulations about the role of mass culture then and now.

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CHAPTER ONE
1
Cinema and Consensus
18
CHAPTER TWO
45
Folklore Opera and Putting on a Show 51 Life
62
Americanism and Fordism 66 Typists and Hap
76
Comedy Folklore and the Law 80 Family as The
85
and Carnival 94 Regarding Friendly Fascism
100
CHAPTER THREE
107
CHAPTER FOUR
169
A Paradigmatic Text 175 The Prodigal Son
178
The Orphans Return 181 Machines and Modernity
185
The Prodigal Father 192 Surrogate
210
Decadence and Violence Unredeemed 221 Death
229
CHAPTER FIVE
237
The Maternal Machine 242 WorkingClass Divas
251
Return to the Mother 265 Cal
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Monumental History 116 Melodrama and Legend
121
The Biopic Machiavelli
134
The Artist as Doppelgänger 137
137
The Musician as National Savior 141 The Operatic
150
tory and the Western 155 The Narrative of Conver
161
CHAPTER SIX
295
Notes
303
Bibliography
321
Index
333
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Marcia Landy is Professor of English/Film Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of several books, including most recently Cinematic Uses of the Past; Film, Politics, and Gramsci; and Imitations of Life: A Reader on Film and Television Melodrama.

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