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History of the Cinema of Italy

Read about the Cinema of Italy genres and periods, from the first movies to the new directors.

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Cinema of Italy: The great crisis (1919-1929)

Very popular now are the passion dramas, many of them inspired by classic literary works and theatre plays, directed by specialists like Roberto Roberti (father of Sergio Leone) and the religious colossals of Giulio Antamoro. Famous names from the stage, like Eleonora Duse ("Cenere", 1916) and La Bella Otero...
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Cinema of Italy: The Italian comedy movies

The movie won an Oscar in 1963 for best original screenplay. In this new genre, we can recall names of the main Italian actors of the times, from Alberto Sordi to Ugo Tognazzi, from Monica Vitti to Claudia Cardinale, from Vittorio Gassman to Nino Manfredi, not to mention Totò...
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Cinema of Italy: Cinecittà & monopoly (1937-1939)

Mussolini approved the project and an area South-East of Rome was selected and after two years of building, on April 21st 1937, he participated at the inauguration of Cinecittà, with a new slogan "Cinematography is the strongest weapon". Cinecittà was conceived like Hollywood, with everything a film maker could desire...
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Cinema of Italy: Avant-garde (1911-1919)

The Manifesto of Futuristic Cinematography dates back to 1916 (some sources say those experiments started earlier) and it was signed also by Filippo Marinetti, Armando Ginna, Bruno Corra, Giacomo Balla, etc. To the futurists, the cinema was an ideal form of art for their "wonderful plays", being a young medium,...
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Cinema of Italy: Authors from 1950s to 1970s

It is useless to classify a movie genre so deeply tied to their authors, a genre that began to develop during that decade and virtually ended with the death of Fellini in the early 1990s. Michelangelo Antonioni (with movies like "Le amiche", "Il grido" and the trilogy "L'avventura" in 1960,...
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Cinema of Italy: Animation

The pioneer of Italian animation has been Francesco Guido, better known as "Gibba". In 1946 he produced his first animated movies for the Italian cinema: "L'ultimo sciuscià" with neorealist undertones and in the following years "Rompicollo" and "I picchiatelli" in cooperation with Antonio Attanasi. In the 1970s, after...
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Cinema of Italy: The 1990s

During the 1990s, with great directors gone, a weakness in commercial success and the inability to create new genres, the Italian cinema production will go on with improvisation. Unfortunately, the prestige and international success of some of Italy's directors (among them Giuseppe Tornatore and Roberto Benigni), is not enough to...

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