Monday, March 28, 2011
Christopher Wagstaff in conversation with Alex Marlow-Mann For the launch of
Cinema and Food: The New Neapolitan Cinema
By Alex Marlow-Mann 2011, Edinburgh University Press
Vito and the Others (1991), Death of a Neapolitan Mathematician (1992) and Libera (1993), the debuts of three young Neapolitan filmmakers, stood out dramatically from the landscape of Italian cinema in the early 1990s. On the back of their critical success, over the next decade and a half, Naples became a thriving centre for film production.
In this first study in English of one of the most vital and stimulating currents in contemporary European Cinema, Alex Marlow-Mann provides a detailed, multi-faceted and provocative study of this distinct regional tradition. In tracing the movement's relationship with the popular musical melodramas previously produced in Naples, he reveals how contemporary Neapolitan filmmakers have interrogated, subverted and reconfigured cinematic convention as part of a through-going re-examination of Neapolitan identity.
‘This superbly researched volume provides a wealth of information on the recent renaissance of filmmaking in Naples, considered in its broader cultural context. Not only does the author build a persuasive analysis of this body of films, but he also offers crucial insights into the conditions of their production.’ (Áine O’Healy, Loyola Marymount University)
Alex Marlow-Mann is the Research Co-ordinator at the Centre for Film Studies at the University of St. Andrews. He has worked for the British Film Institute, taught at the Universities of Reading, Leeds and Cardiff and has published widely on Italian film, both in Italy and the UK. He first became interested in Neapolitan cinema while living in the city in the late 1990s. This is his first book.
Christopher Wagstaff is Senior Lecturer in Italian at the University of Reading and the author of Italian Neorealist Cinema: An Aesthetic Account (University of Toronto Press, 2007). He was one of the first people to bring the study of Italian cinema into British academia and has published extensively on the Italian film and the film industry.
A screening of " The Meter-Reader " will follow
Date: Monday, March 28, 2011
Opening times: 6.45pm
Organised by: ICI
In collaboration with: Edimburgh University Press
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