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Introduction; Part I. Visconti and neorealism: 1. Ossessione; 2. The background, theory, and practice of neorealism; 3. La Terra Trema; 4. Bellissima; 5. Our Women; Part II. The Risorgimento Films: 6. Senso; 7. The Leopard; Part III. The Family and Modern Italian Society: 8. Visconti's two families; 9. Rocco and his brothers; 10. Sandra; 11. The Witch Burned Alive; 12. Conversation piece; Part IV. Visconti and Germany: 13. Visconti, Thomas Mann and two aspects of Europe; 14. The Job; 15. The Damned; 16. Death in Venice; 17. Ludwig; Part V. Visconti as an interpreter of European literature: 18. Experiencing literature and cinema; 19. White Nights; 20. The Stranger 21; Remembrance of things past; 22. The Innocent; Filmography; Stage productions; Unrealised film projects; Bibliography.

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The first thorough study of the Italian filmmaker, Luchino Visconti.


"This readable, rich study of Luchino Visconti's 14 feature adn three short films grew out of the author's dissertation. Shrewdly attuned to the range of cinematic expression, especially the effects of music, Bacon provides the best study to date of this major stylist, who uniquely extended 19th-century narrative traditions of opera and the novel into the new aesthetics of cinema and the radical disintegrations of the 20th century. All collections." Choice

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