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The Operatic and the Everyday in Postwar Italian Film Melodrama
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The Operatic and the Everyday in Postwar Italian Film Melodrama

Louis Bayman

Abstract

After the war audiences filled Italian cinemas to watch films of passion and pathos. Highly emotional and consciously theatrical, these melodramas posed moral questions with stylish flair, and redefined popular ways of feeling about romance, family, gender, class, Catholicism, Italy, and feeling itself. This book elucidates the insight they give into a post-war society between war and economic miracle, and examines their status as mass products for a still largely peasant culture in which the ephemera of popular enjoyment maintained aspects of ritual devotion. The Operatic and the Everyday arg ... More

Keywords: Italian cinema, Melodrama, Realism, Operatic, Emotion, Aesthetics, Popular Culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780748656424
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748656424.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Louis Bayman, author
Oxford Brookes University

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