eBook Historical Dictionary of the Italian Cinema, 1st Edition

  • Gino Moliterno Australian National University
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  • ISBN-10: 0810862549
  • ISBN-13: 9780810862548
  • DDC: 791.430945
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 449 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2008 | Published/Released March 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2008
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The Italian cinema is regarded as one of the great pillars of world cinema. Films like Ladri di biciclette (1948), La dolce vita (1960), and Nuovo cinema Paradiso (1988) attracted unprecedented international acclaim and a reputation, which only continue to grow. Italian cinema has produced such acting legends as Sophia Loren and Roberto Benigni, as well as world-renowned filmmakers like Federico Fellini, Sergio Leone, Mario Bava, Dario Argento, and Lina Wertmüller, the first woman to ever be nominated for the Best Director award.

The Historical Dictionary of Italian Cinema provides a better understanding of the role Italian cinema has played in film history through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, appendixes, black & white photos, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on actors, actresses, movies, producers, organizations, awards, film credits, and terminology.

Gino Moliterno is head of the film studies program at Australian National University.


"Entries are generally large and detailed, and provide fascinating information on the aspects of Italian film....This dictionary is recommended....A useful resource." -August 2008, ARBA


"Scarecrow Press consistently publishes high-quality reference books in its "Historical Dictionary" series, and this volume is an excellent resource for college and public libraries.... The author’s expertise in Italian culture is reflected in these enjoyable, thoughtful entries.... While aimed at an English-speaking market, this work surveys all the important scholarship on the topic in both Italian and English. Highly recommended." -May 2009, Choice

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