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Masculinity and Italian CinemaSexual Politics, Social Conflict and Male Crisis in the 1970s$
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Sergio Rigoletto

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748654543

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748654543.001.0001

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Undoing Genre, Undoing Masculinity

Undoing Genre, Undoing Masculinity

(p.71) 4. Undoing Genre, Undoing Masculinity
Masculinity and Italian Cinema

Sergio Rigoletto

Edinburgh University Press

It examines a trend of popular genre films directly influenced by the sexual politics of the 1970s, including The Seduction of Mimì (1972), La patata bollente (1979) and A Special Day. In examining how these films were trying to dismantle a set of normative assumptions about masculinity, the chapter shows how these films manage to negotiate their popular forms of address with their aspiration to political commitment and social protest. The chapter demonstrates the extent to which masculinity becomes a crucial concern for resolving this negotiation.

Keywords:   Crime, Comedy, Grotesque, Laughter, Stereotype, Romance, Scola, Wertmüller, Fellini

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