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The Operatic and the Everyday in Postwar Italian Film Melodrama

Louis Bayman

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Melodrama - the key cinematic form of post-war Italy, central to popular life and the dramatic arts

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Introduction: Why Melodrama?
1. I: Genre
II: Emotion
III: Worldview
2. I: Melodrama, Realism, Modernism
II: Popular neorealism
3. I: Opera and cinema
II: Cultural hybridity
III: Matarazzo and Visconti: Vantage points on a domestic heritage

About the Author

Louis Bayman specialises in film and in Italian studies and has published a range of articles on melodrama, Italian cinema, and popular culture. He co-edited the volume Popular Italian Cinema, and World Cinema Directory: Brazil. He is an Early Career Research Fellow at Oxford Brookes University.


Finally, an excellent example of a cultural history of film! Louis Bayman very convincingly connects the tears of cinematographic melodrama and its body and lifeblood to the neorealist corpus. He reveals roots, bonds and kinships that have never before been so well illuminated between the great 19th century tradition of opera, popular literature and theatre and with the contemporary popular cultural forms of the foto- and cineromanzo.

- Gian Piero Brunetta, University of Padova

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