Early Film Theories in Italy 1896-1922

The Little Magic Machine

Edited by Francesco Casetti with Silvio Alovisio and Luca Mazzei

Early Film Theories in Italy 1896-1922

Edited by Francesco Casetti with Silvio Alovisio and Luca Mazzei

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

512 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2017
Paper $74.95 ISBN: 9789089648556 Published June 2017 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
This collection for the first time brings together scholars to explore the ways that various people and groups in Italian society reacted to the advent of cinema. Looking at the responses of writers, scholars, clergymen, psychologists, philosophers, members of parliament, and more, the pieces collected here from that period show how Italians developed a common language to describe and discuss this invention that quickly exceeded all expectations and transcended existing categories of thought and artistic forms. The result is a close-up picture of a culture in transition, dealing with a “scandalous” new technology that appeared poised to thoroughly change everyday life.
Contents
The Throb of the Cinematograph
Francesco Casetti
 
Section 1
Cinema and Modern Life
Francesco Casetti
Cinematography
Edipi
The Philosophy of Cinematograph
Giovanni Papini
Summertime Spectacles: The Cinema
Gaio
Why I Love the Cinema
Maffio Maffii
The Movie Theatre Audience
Giovanni Fossi
The Art of Celluloid
Crainquebille
The Triumph of the Cinema
Ricciotto Canudo
The Death of the Word
Fausto Maria Martini
 
Section 2
Film in Transition
Francesco Casetti
The Museum of the Fleeting Moment
Lucio d’Ambra
The Woman and the Cinema
Haydée
Darkness and Intelligence
Emanuele Toddi
A Spectatrix is Speaking to You
Matilde Serao
Motion Pictures in Provincial Towns
Emilio Scaglione
Cinematic Psychology
Edoardo Coli
The Cinematograph Doesn’t Exist
Silvio d’Amico
The Cinema: School of the Will and of Energy
Giovanni Bertinetti
The Close-up
Alberto Orsi
The Soul of Titles
Ernesto Quadrone
 
Section 3
Cinema at War
Luca Mazzei
The War, from Up Close
Nino Salvaneschi
That Poor Cinema…
Renato Giovannetti
Families of Soldiers
Luigi Lucatelli
War for the Profit of Industry
Renato Giovannetti
The War and Cinematograph
g. pr.
Max Linder Dies in The War
Lucio d’Ambra
Cinema of War
Saverio Procida
 
Section 4
Politics, Morality, Education
Silvio Alovisio
The Motion Pictures and Education
Domenico Orano
The Intuitive Method in Religious Education
Romano Costetti
The Cinema and Its Influence on the Education of the People
Giovanni Battista Avellone
The Cinematograph in the Schools
Francesco Orestano
Speech at the People’s Theatre
Vittorio Emanuele Orlando
Cinema for the Cultivation of the Intellect
Angelina Buracci
Educational Cinema
Ettore Fabietti
 
Section 5
Film, Body, Mind
Silvio Alovisio
Collective Psychology
Pasquale Rossi
About Some Psychological Observations Made During Film Screenings
Mario Ponzo
Concerning the Effects of Film Viewing on Neurotic Individuals
Giuseppe d’Abundo
The Ongoing Battle between Gesture and Word
Mariano Luigi Patrizi
The Cinematograph in the Field of Mental Illness and Criminality: Notes
Mario Umberto Masini, Giuseppe Vidoni
Cinema and Juvenile Delinquency
Mario Ponzo
 
Section 6
The Aesthetic Side
Silvio Alovisio and Luca Mazzei
Problems of Art: Expression and Movement in Sculpture
Corrado Ricci
Scenic Impressionism
Sebastiano Arturo Luciani
The Aesthetics of Cinema
Goffredo Bellonci
The Poetics of Cinema
Sebastiano Arturo Luciani
Manifesto for a Cinematic Revolution
Goffredo Bellonci
Theatre and the Cinema
Antonio Gramsci
The Futurist Cinematography
F.T. Marinetti, Bruno Corra, Emilio Settimelli, SArnaldo Ginna, Giacomo Balla, Remo Chiti
In the Beginning Was Sex…
Antonio Gramsci
Rectangle-Film (25 X 19)
Emanuele Toddi
The Proscenium Arch of My Cinema
Anton Giulio Braggaglia
My Views on the Cinematograph
Lucio d’Ambra
Meditations in the Dark
Michele Biancale
 
Section 7
Theory in a Narrative Form
Luca Mazzei
Colour Film
Roberto Tanfani
At the Cinema Luigia Cortesi
A Phantom Pursued
Alberto Lumbroso
Miopetti’s Duel
Aldo Borelli
Pamela-Films
Guido Gozzano
Feature Film
Pio Vanzi
Me, Rirì, and Love in Slippers
Luciano Doria
A Cinematic Performance
Federigo Tozzi
Life, a Glass Theatre
Pier Maria Rosso di San Secondo
The Shears’ Reflection
Guido Gozzano
 
Sources
Author Biographies
General Bibliography
Acknowledgements
About the Editors
Index of Names
Index of Concepts
Index of Films
 
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