Operatic and the Everyday in Postwar Italian Film Melodrama
The commercial success and formal achievements of melodrama have been central to the reestablishment of the postwar Italian film industry, ensuring Italian cinema's place at the forefront of twentieth-century mass culture. Melodrama interacts with the well-documented genres of neorealist and art cinema, yet it is through melodrama that audiences can discover the most telling characteristics of their modern national culture.
Combining research on popular neorealism with readings of domestically-produced Italian melodramas, this volume underscores film's relationship to popular Italian habits and ideas and provides a rare analysis of "cineopera," or opera film. Advancing a more complete portrait of cinema history, both within Italian and global contexts, this volume firmly establishes modern Italian cinema within the disciplinary concerns and debates of film studies.