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Explorations of Beauty and Decay


  • Date Published: June 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521599603

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  • In this study, the first to consider Luchino Visconti's entire works, Henry Bacon examines the films of one of Italy's pre-eminent filmmakers against the cultural, historical, and biographical contexts in which they were made. Through analysis of his achievements, Visconti also emerges as a twentieth-century inheritor and renewer of the nineteenth-century narrative tradition, especially that of the novel and the opera.

    • First thorough study of Visconti's entire works
    • Details Visconti's ability to manipulate literature into film
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    • Date Published: June 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521599603
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Visconti and neorealism:
    1. Ossessione
    2. The background, theory, and practice of neorealism
    3. La Terra Trema
    4. Bellissima
    5. Our Women
    Part II. The Risorgimento Films:
    6. Senso
    7. The Leopard
    Part III. The Family and Modern Italian Society:
    8. Visconti's two families
    9. Rocco and his brothers
    10. Sandra
    11. The Witch Burned Alive
    12. Conversation piece
    Part IV. Visconti and Germany:
    13. Visconti, Thomas Mann and two aspects of Europe
    14. The Job
    15. The Damned
    16. Death in Venice
    17. Ludwig
    Part V. Visconti as an interpreter of European literature:
    18. Experiencing literature and cinema
    19. White Nights
    20. The Stranger 21
    Remembrance of things past
    22. The Innocent
    Stage productions
    Unrealised film projects

  • Author

    Henry Bacon, University of Oulu, Finland

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