By Carlo Celli, Marga Cottino-Jones (auth.)
This publication is a whole transforming and replace of Marga Cottino-Jones' renowned A Student's consultant to Italian movie (1983, 1993) . This consultant keeps prior versions' curiosity in well known movies and administrators yet can be conscious of the preferred motion pictures which accomplished field workplace luck one of the public.
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The outbreak of WWI in 1914 interrupted this vital period of Italian filmmaking and initiated a critical period of stasis so that in the 1920s Italy lost much of its prewar international market share. Many Italian studios went bankrupt, unable to compete with Hollywood products in the Italian market after WWI. 15 In this period, Italian film producers relied on remakes of earlier successes to reduce financial risk such as Maciste muscleman peplum epics. American film studios began to arrive in Italy to make their films on location and to take advantage of Italian expertise and craftsmanship.
The turning point of the drama occurs when Michele slashes Assunta’s face and is sentenced to two years in prison despite Assunta’s attempt during his trial to accept blame for his actions. When Michele is released and kills Federico, Assunta takes the blame for the murder, her tragedy complete. The character of the long-suffering female was well established in the operatic tradition in works such as La traviata, Manon Lescalt, or La Bohème to mention only a few nineteenth-century operas that feature doomed female protagonists.
Bertini’s best-known work is Assunta Spina (1915), an adaptation of a play by Neapolitan poet and dramatist Salvatore Di Giacomo (1869–1934). The film, which Bertini codirected with Gustavo Serena, has been praised for the manner in which the details of everyday life in Naples are presented in an unadorned fashion. The film is about a young laundress, Assunta, whose dreams for love and familial stability, the standard goals in melodramatic narrative, are shattered by the unstable FROM UNIFICATION TO WWI 17 male characters in her life.
A New Guide to Italian Cinema by Carlo Celli, Marga Cottino-Jones (auth.)