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The Cinema of Ettore Scola

Edited by Rémi Lanzoni and Edward Bowen

Filmmakers, Film History, Film Theory and Criticism

Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media Series

Printed Paper Cased
Available June 2020
ISBN: 9780814347478
Pages: 368 Size: 6x9
Illustrations: 25 black and white images
Available June 2020
ISBN: 9780814343791
Pages: 368 Size: 6x9
Illustrations: 25 black and white images
Available June 2020
ISBN: 9780814343807

The Cinema of Ettore Scola offers contemporary perspectives on Ettore Scola (1931–2016), one of the premier filmmakers of Italian cinema. Scola was a crucial figure in postwar Italy as a screenwriter of comedies in the 1950s and 1960s who later became one of the country’s most beloved directors in the 1970s and 1980s with his bittersweet comedies and dramas on history, politics, and social customs. While Scola has received extensive attention from scholars based in Italy and France, Rémi Lanzoni and Edward Bowen’s edited volume is the first English-language book on Scola’s cinematographic career.

The volume (containing fourteen chapters) is organized in four parts, the first two of which focus both on Scola’s contributions to Comedy Italian Style—as a screenwriter and director—and his commentaries on the history of Italy, Rome, and the film industry. The second half of the book is divided into sections on Scola’s relationship to and use of place, politics, and legacy. Mariapia Comand’s chapter begins the volume with an exploration of the development of Scola’s narrative methods by examining his early work as an illustrator, ghostwriter, and screenwriter. Later, Brian Tholl approaches one of Scola’s best-known and most frequently studied films, Una giornata particolare, from a less-explored perspective, namely its commentary on surveillance and internal exile, or confino, during the fascist period. At the close of the volume is a broad-sweeping tribute to and reflection on Scola’s filmmaking by Gian Piero Brunetta, a leading historian of Italian cinema who developed a close relationship with Scola over the years, who reveals the varied narrative strategies linked to food that the director utilized for character development and social commentary.

The Cinema of Ettore Scola makes Scola accessible to English-reading audiences and helps readers better understand his film style, the major themes of his work, and the representations of twentieth-century Italian history in his films.

Rémi Lanzoni is an associate professor of romance languages and teaches Italian cinema at Wake Forest University. He specializes in French and Italian film and has published several books on national cinemas, including French Cinema: From Its Beginnings to the Present, Comedy Italian Style: The Golden Age of Italian Film Comedies, French Comedy on Screen: A Cinematic History, and Rire de plomb: La comédie à l’italienne des années 70.

Edward Bowen is an advanced lecturer of Italian at the University of Kansas. He specializes in Italian film history, exhibition, independent cinema, and urban politics. His dissertation examines the role that cinema reuse has played in urban renewal campaigns in Rome, led by city officials and grassroots movements. He has published in Studies in Documentary Film, Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, and Cinema e storia.

Contributors Include:
Francesca Borrione, Edward Bowen, Gian Piero Brunetta, Fabrizio Cilento, Federica Colleoni, Mariapia Comand, Emiliano Guaraldo, Rémi Lanzoni, Dario Marcucci, Millicent Marcus, Nicoletta Marini-Maio, Pierre Sorlin, Brian Tholl, Christian Uva, Marina Vargau, Luca Zamparini