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Alex Marlow-Mann

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748640669

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640669.001.0001

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Estranei alla massa: the New Neapolitan Cinema and the Crisis of Napoletanità

Estranei alla massa: the New Neapolitan Cinema and the Crisis of Napoletanità

(p.71) 3. Estranei alla massa: the New Neapolitan Cinema and the Crisis of Napoletanità
New Neapolitan Cinema

Alex Marlow-Mann

Edinburgh University Press

Estranei alla massa (literally ‘outside the crowd’ or ‘beyond the masses’) is the title of an interesting documentary directed by Vincenzo Marra in 2001, which depicts the everyday lives of seven members of the eponymous football supporters' club. The documentary and its title are emblematic of the way in which the New Neapolitan Cinema (NNC) has called into question the sense of social cohesion and communal belonging that underpinned the Neapolitan Formula (NF). This chapter examines how the discourse of napoletanità and the functions it served in the NF are undermined by the NNC through narratives emphasising social exclusion and existential alienation. It discusses the way a number of films have questioned the traditional image of the Gemeinschaft family and critiqued its patriarchal conception. Both of these themes converge in the archetypal figure of the scugnizzo to which the NNC has repeatedly returned. The chapter concludes by considering the possible responses to this crisis in napoletanità that the NNC pessimistically proposes: migration or extinction.

Keywords:   New Neapolitan Cinema, Estranei alla massa, Neapolitan Formula, napoletanità, social exclusion, existential alienation, Gemeinschaft, scugnizzo, migration, extinction

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