In the early 1990s, three Neapolitans made their directorial debut in quick succession. Antonio Capuano's Vito e gli altri (Vito and the Others, 1991), Mario Martone's Morte di un matematico napoletano (Death of a Neapolitan Mathematician, 1992), and Pappi Corsicato's Libera (1993). All three films were independently produced, were set in Naples and differed greatly in both subject matter and style from the Neapolitan films of previous decades. The proliferation of Neapolitan films since 1990 has meant that the idea of a ‘New Neapolitan Cinema’ has become an increasingly widely used concept in writings on Italian cinema. This book explores whether or not a ‘new Neapolitan cinema’ exists in Italy. It addresses the following questions: Is there a local film industry in Naples? Do the Neapolitan films produced in recent years have thematic and stylistic commonalities? Are these films distinct from traditional Neapolitan cinema? The principle subject of this book is the construction of a ‘Neapolitan cinema’ and the ways in which the characteristics of this construction have changed since 1990.
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