This book has suggested that the Neapolitan Formula (NF), with its fixed narrative conventions and stereotypical use of readily identifiable locations, was largely responsible for the creation of the idea of a ‘Neapolitan cinema’ within popular consciousness. It has also explored how in recent years Neapolitan films have drawn on this tradition but also challenged and reconfigured its conventions. In order to understand better the reasons behind this change, it is useful to review briefly the notion of genre and generic evolution. The book has argued that the NF depended on both a set of generic conventions, deriving from melodrama, and particular cultural beliefs, known as a ‘Neapolitan world view’, and that these two were inextricably linked. In addition, it has demonstrated how the New Neapolitan Cinema has undercut the traditional, positive images of Naples and napoletanità with a newfound pessimism. Moreover, it has touched on the concept of the ‘Southern Question’ (questione meridionale) and its relationship to the Neapolitan narrative tradition.
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