Cinema Italiano: The Complete Guide from Classics to Cult

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Uncovering a treasure trove of Italian films from The Leopard to Puma Man – Italian filmmakers have created some of the most magical and moving, violent and controversial films in world cinema. During its twentieth-century heyday, Italy's film industry was second only to Hollywood as a popular film factory, exporting cinematic dreams worldwide. With international finance and multinational stars, Italian filmmakers tackled myriad genres with equal gusto and in inimitable style. Cinema Italiano is the first book to discuss comprehensively both Italian 'popular' and 'arthouse' cinema of this golden age.

Appraising over 400 movies, Cinema Italiano unearths the best of Italian cinema. Dario Argento's 'gialli' thrillers and Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns are explored alongside the best films of Luchino Visconti, Federico Fellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Michelangelo Antonioni. Chapters discuss the rise and fall of genres such as mythological epics, gothic horrors, science-fiction, spy films, war movies, costume adventures, zombie films, swashbucklers, political cinema, spaghetti westerns and 'poliziotteschi' crime films. The book also traces the directorial careers and key films of such luminaries as Mario Bava, Sergio Corbucci, Francesco Rosi, Lucio Fulci, Duccio Tessari, Enzo G. Castellari, Bernardo Bertolucci and Gillo Pontecorvo. An essential guide for DVD and video collectors and aficionados alike, it is illustrated throughout with rare stills and international posters from this revered era in world cinema.
Films include: La dolce vita, Hercules Conquers Atlantis, The Leopard, The Terror of Dr Hichcock, Contempt, The Gospel According to St Matthew, Castle of Blood, Fists in the Pocket, Django, Battle of Algiers, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Blowup, Diabolik, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, The Conformist, They Call Me Trinity, Violent City, The Marseilles Connection, Illustrious Corpses, Suspiria, The Big Silence, The Mask of Satan, Maciste in Hell, Blood and Black Lace, Hercules Against the Moon Men, The Last Man on Earth, The Wild, Wild Planet, Special Mission Lady Chaplin, Django Kill!, Fellini Satyricon, Deep Red, Sons of Thunder, Tentacles, The Inglorious Bastards, Zombie Flesh Eaters, Puma Man, 1990: Bronx Warriors, 8½, Once Upon a Time in the West, L'Avventura, Black Sabbath, Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: I. B. Tauris; First Edition edition (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848856083
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848856080
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds

Customer Reviews

If you are a general fan of "psychotronic" movies that are brilliant classics and laughably inept messes (often both at once)

One person found this helpful.
 on May 6, 2015
By Brad
If your tastes in Italian cinema is specialized on one genre (westerns, giallo, etc) you likely wont get much new information out of this book. If you are a general fan of “psychotronic” movies that are brilliant classics and laughably inept messes (often both at once), this book will lead you off in many fun and exciting directions!

Just what I was looking for

7 people found this helpful.
 on September 3, 2011
By Dennis M. Roy
I just got this and have barely cracked it, but what I have read so far has been enlightening, to say the least. Such info as the fact that 


6 people found this helpful.
 on October 24, 2011
By Richard J. Oravitz
My favorite films of all time, and all genres, usually come from Italy, mostly between the years 1955-1975. Whether they be Sword & Sandal, Spaghetti Westerns, Giallo, War, Horror or just plain European Trash Cinema, these films are mostly slick, action-packed, over the top, and above all, very enjoyable.

Good Book

 on April 1, 2013
By Boris Malin
Annexcellent cross-section trought an Italian Cinematography.

Genre enthusiasts rejoice!

2 people found this helpful.
 on February 18, 2012
By T. Heilman
Author Howard Hughes has written a book that fans if Italian cinema will devour. It is by no means fully comprehensive, but how could it be with massive books devoted individual sub-genres like spaghetti westerns and giallos? Instead Hughes focuses on historic benchmarks and little-known gems including short synopsis’ and factual tidbits. It is written from the perspective of a cinema lover so you will not find long-winded, pedantic and dull passages written by a dry film-scholar. In short, a fun read!

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