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
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.
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