Early Film Theories in Italy, 1896-1922
Early Film Theories in Italy, 1896-1922
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Francesco Casetti, The Throb of the Cinematograph Section 1. Cinema and Modern Life Introduction (Francesco Casetti) 1. Edipi [Ettore della Porta], Cinematography 2. Giovanni Papini, The Philosophy of Cinematograph 3. Gaio [Adolfo Orvieto], Summertime Spectacles: The Cinema 4. Maffio Maffii, Why I love the Cinema 5. Giovanni Fossi, The Movie Theatre Audience 6. Crainquebille [Enrico Thovez], The Art of Celluloid 7. Ricciotto Canudo, The Triumph of the Cinema 8. Fausto Maria Martini, The Death of the Word Section 2. Film in Transition Introduction (Francesco Casetti) 9. Lucio D'Ambra, The Museum of the Fleeting Moment 10. Haydée [Ida Finzi], The Woman and the Cinema 11. Emanuele Toddi [Pietro Silvio Rivetta], Darkness and Intelligence 12. Matilde Serao, A Spectatrix is Speaking to You 13. Emilio Scaglione, Motion Pictures in Provincial Towns 14. Edoardo Coli, Cinematic Psychology 15. Silvio D'Amico, The Cinematograph Doesn't Exist 16. Giovanni Bertinetti, The Cinema, School of the Will and of Energy 17. Alberto Orsi, The Close-Up 18. Ernesto Quadrone, Cinedrama Titles Section 3. Cinema at War Introduction (Luca Mazzei) 19. Nino Salvaneschi, The War from Close-Up 20. Renato Giovannetti, That Poor Cinema 21. Renato Giovannetti, War Applied to Industry 22. Luigi Lucatelli, Families of Soldiers 23. g. pr. [Giuseppe Prezzolini], War and Cinema 24. Lucio D'Ambra, Max Linder Dies in the War 25. Saverio Procida, Cinema of War Section 4. Politics, Morality, Education Introduction (Silvio Alovisio) 26. Domenico Orano, The Cinema and Education 27. Romano Costetti, The Intuitive Method of Religious Education 28. Giovan Battista Avellone, The Cinema and Its Influence on the Education of the People 29. Francesco Orestano, Motion Pictures and Scholastic Education 30. Vittorio Emanuele Orlando, The People's Theatre 31. Angelina Maria Buracci, Cinema for the Cultivation of the Intellect 32. Ettore Fabietti, The Cinema as Teacher Section 5. Film, Body, Mind Introduction (Silvio Alovisio) 33. Pasquale Rossi, Collective Psychology 34. Mario Ponzo, Psychological Observations Made during Motion Picture Screenings 35. Giuseppe D'Abundo, Concerning the Effects of Film Viewing on Neurotic Individuals 36. Mariano Luigi Patrizi, The Ongoing Battle between Gesture and Word 37. Mario Umberto Masini and Giuseppe Vidoni, The Cinematograph in the Field of Mental Ilness and Criminality: Notes 38. Mario Ponzo, Cinema and Juvenile Delinquency Section 6. The Aesthetic Side Introduction (Luca Mazzei and Silvio Alovisio) 39. Corrado Ricci, Problems of Art: Expression and Movement in Sculpture 40. Sebastiano Arturo Luciani, Scenic Impressionism 41. Goffredo Bellonci, The Aesthetics of Cinema 42. Sebastiano Arturo Luciani, The Poetics of Cinema 43. Goffredo Bellonci, Manifesto for a Cinematic Revolution 44. Antonio Gramsci, Theatre and the Cinema 45. Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Bruno Corra, Emilio Settimelli, Arnaldo Ginna, Giacomo Balla, and Remo Chiti, The Futurist Cinematography 46. Antonio Gramsci, In the Beginning Was Sex= 47. Emanuele Toddi [Pietro Silvio Rivetta], Rectangle-Film (25 x 19) 48. Anton Giulio Bragaglia, The Proscenium Arch of My Cinema 49. Lucio D'Ambra, My Views on the Cinematograph 50. Michele Biancale, Meditations in the Dark Section 7. A Theory in a Narrative Form Introduction (Luca Mazzei) 51. Roberto Tanfani, Colour Film 52. Luigia Cortesi, At the Cinema 53. Alberto Lumbroso, A Phantom Pursued 54. Aldo Borelli, Miopetti's Duel 55. Guido Gozzano, Pamela-Film 56. Pio Vanzi, Feature Film 57. Luciano Doria, Me, Riri, and Love in Slippers 58. Federigo Tozzi, A Cinematic Performance 59. Pier Maria Rosso di San Secondo, Life, a Glass Theatre 60. Guido Gozzano, The Shears' Reflection Sources Authors' Biographies General Bibliography Aknowledgements Index Editors' Biographies

Early Film Theories in Italy, 1896-1922

This collection is the first to bring together scholars to explore the ways in which 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.

Francesco Casetti

Francesco Casetti is the Thomas E. Donnelly Professor of Humanities and Film and Media Studies at Yale University.

Silvio Alovisio

Silvio Alovisio is Assistant Professor of Film at University of Torino. He is extensively working on Italian silent cinema and early film theories. He is the author of some ten essays and books, among which The 'Pastrone System': Itala Film from the Origins to World War 1, and L'occhio sensibile (The Responsive Eye) on cinema and psycho/physiology.

Luca Mazzei

Luca Mazzei is Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Film at University of Roma "Tor Vergata". He currently works on early film theories, novels on film, and the role of cinema during the war against the Ottoman Empire (1911). He is the co-editor of Lucio d'Ambra il cinema (co-ed. with A. Aprà) and Microteorie. Cinema Muto Italiano (co-ed. with L. Quaresima).