Visconti: Explorations of Beauty and Decay

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Cambridge University Press, 28.3.1998 - 285 sivua
In this study, the first to consider Luchino Visconti's entire oeuvre, Henry Bacon examines the films of one of Italy's preeminent filmmakers against the cultural, historical, and biographical contexts in which they were made. Through analysis of his achievements, Visconti also emerges as a twentieth century inheritor and renewer of the nineteenth-century narrative tradition, especially that of the novel and the opera.
 

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Introduction
1
VISCONTI AND NEOREALISM
6
The making and reception of Ossessione
14
Melodramatic realism
16
Background theory and practice of neorealism
25
Theory and ideals
27
La terra trema
32
Fate and alteration
36
Conversation Piece
132
VISCONTI AND GERMANY
139
The Job
142
The Damned
144
A descent to hell
148
Death in Venice
155
Transforming literary into audiovisual splendor
161
Ludwig
172

Bellissima
51
Illusions of art and reality
54
Our Women
58
THE RISORGIMENTO FILMS
60
The formation of Senso
63
Risorgimento as history and mythology
67
Melodrama as criticism of history
71
The Leopard
82
Stagnation and change
86
Toward a novelistic cinema
90
THE FAMILY AND MODERN ITALIAN SOCIETY
98
Rocco and His Brothers
102
Social and literary background
104
Five alternatives for five brothers
107
Melodrama as nostalgia and a social commentary
115
Sandra
119
Style and themes
125
The Witch Burned Alive
130
A film about Ludwig II
174
Thematic concerns and narrative structure
179
Audiovisual style
184
VISCONTI AS AN INTERPRETER OF EUROPEAN LITERATURE
188
The problems of adapting
193
White Nights
197
The Stranger
202
The Stranger as film and literature
204
Remembrance of Things Past
208
The Innocent
211
The power of adapting
215
Notes
221
Filmography
247
Stage Productions
261
Unrealized Film Projects
271
Bibliography
273
Index
279
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