Introduction
in Cinema – Italy
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This introduction presents an overview of key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The journeys described in the book are journeys in time and of memory about a country that no longer exists. It is the Italy of Roberto Rossellini's Paisa, torn by war and sometimes in conflict with the American 'liberators', a confrontation of cultures, as real now as it was then. It is also the Italy of Luchino Visconti, a territory more cultural than physical, subject to transfigurations wrought by a sophisticated intellectual who viewed the world through the lens of his sensibilities. The book focuses on discussions and films relating to neorealism, and deals with Visconti's commemorative and antiquarian vein, to the central importance of mise en scène in his films. It also attempts to recover an archetypical image in Pier Paolo Pasolini's work as revealed in innumerable drafts and rewritings.

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