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Italian Cinema. Outline. Introduction Part I. History of Italian Cinema Part II. Actors and directors Part III. Giuseppe Tornatore Conclusion References. Introduction. Like many countries, Italy suffers from American dominant position

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Italian Cinema


  • Introduction

  • Part I. History of Italian Cinema

  • Part II. Actors and directors

  • Part III. Giuseppe Tornatore

  • Conclusion

  • References


  • Like many countries, Italy suffers from American dominant position

  • Italy, however, has an original and independent cinema

  • Homeland of one of the most important movement in the artistic history of cinema: Neorealism

  • Many actors and directors of Italian origin have succeeded in Hollywood

Sergio LeoneOnce Upon a time in America

Part I. History of Italian Cinema

  • 1899First projection in Roma, by Luigi Topi

  • 1918 Crisis of Italian cinema

  • 1930 the first Italian sound film was made, called "La canzone dell'amore ("The Song of Love")

  • The first important postwar film movement came from Italy, and was called Neorealism

  • Committed to rendering social actuality as art

  • Worldwide acclaim, but controversial within Italy for its critical views of contemporary society

Part I. History of Italian Cinema

  • During the Sixties Italian cinema also became experimental with directors such as Antonioni, in the avant-garde works of Mario Bava and Sergio Leone, and the poetic worlds of Federico Fellini and Pier Paolo Pasolini.

  • La “Dolce vita” became an extraordinary phenomenon

  • Actually, Italian cinema is relatively prosperous tanks to Roberto Benigni (“Life is beautiful”), Giuseppe Tornatore (“1900”) and Nanni Moretti (LaStanza del figlio)

Part II. Actors and directors

a. Actors

  • Italian actors

  • Roberto Benigni, Claudia Cardinale,

  • Marcello Mastroiani, Monica Bellucci, Sophia Loren, Isabella Rossellini, Ornella Muti,

  • Italian-American actors

  • Téa Leoni, John Travolta, Frank Sinatra, Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Nicolas Cage, Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Henry Fonda

b. Directors

  • Roberto Rossellini, Roma, città aperta (1945)(Rome, Open City, 1945)

  • Vittorio De SicaLadri di biciclette (The Bicycle Thief, 1948and Umberto D. (1952)

  • Luchino Visconti made what is often considered the first neorealist film, Ossessione (Obsession, 1942)

  • Federico Fellini made Dolce vita, La (1960)

  • Bernardo Bertolucci, Last Emperor, The (1987), Ultimo tango a Parigi (1972)

  • Sergio Leone, Ben-Hur (1959) (second unit director), Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

Part III. Giuseppe Tornatore

  • Tornatore, born in 1956, in Sicily, Italian director.


  • Malèna (2000), Leggenda del pianista sull'oceano, La (1998),Nuovo cinema Paradiso (1988)


  • LaVita è bella, ranked 58 on the best loved movies of all time

  • American cinema is clearly the leading cinema, but Italy is one of the few countries still having an independent cinema industry

  • Some directors like Benigni and Tornatore have earned worldwide acclaim

  • Italy has one of the most important international festival: la Mostra, in Venice






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