Item description for The Cinema of Nanni Moretti : Dreams and Diaries (Directors' Cuts) by Ewa Mazierska & Laura Rascaroli...
This analysis of the work of the most important Italian film-maker of the past thirty years uses Moretti's films as a lens to view and discuss contemporary phenomena such as the crisis of masculinity and authority, the crisis of the political Left and the transformation of the citizen's relationship to the State. Films discussed include Aprile, Dear Diary and The Son's Room, winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes 2001.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.5" Weight: 0.82 lbs.
Release Date May 19, 2004
Publisher Wallflower Press
ISBN 1903364779 ISBN13 9781903364772
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More About Ewa Mazierska & Laura Rascaroli
Ewa Mazierska is Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. Laura Rascaroli is Toyota Lecturer in Film and Media Studies at the National University of Ireland, Cork.
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Moretti the existentialist Apr 4, 2006
I've been reading the study of Moretti films, Dreams and Diaries, with some disappointment. The reason I am so attracted to his films is for the quiet "existential" moments: riding his Vespa around Rome, kicking a soccer ball on a deserted field, pausing to watch an old film on a cafe television, making playful faces at laughing children, listening to music, running along the docks.
The authors of this book focus on subjects such as a citizen's relationship to the state, the form of autobiography, postmodern politics, etc. Even their study of the crisis of masculinity, where they elicit the work of Robert Bly, seems to miss the mark. I appreciate academic studies, yet they never quite capture the essence of Moretti's work. The apartness, the playfulness, the longing for a new Italy, a new man.
As far as I know, this is the only study of Moretti's films available in English. I think that's a shame. I hope someone writes another book, and remembers the man - not just the ideas - behind the lens.