Masters of Two Arts : Re-creation of European Literatures in Italian Cinema / Carlo Testa.
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- Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 
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Toronto Italian Studies
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- Motion pictures -- Italy.
Motion pictures and literature -- Italy.
European literature -- Television adaptations.
European literature -- Film adaptations.
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- The movie screen has been the forum for many star pairings: Bogart and Bacall, Tracy and Hepburn, and Fellini and Kafka. While this latter combination might seem slightly unexpected or improbable at first sight, Carlo Testa's Masters of Two Arts demonstrates that pairings of famed directors and writers are commonplace in modern Italian cinema. Surprisingly, the study of the interrelation between Italian cinema and European literature has been almost completely neglected in film scholarship. Testa addresses and attempts to correct this oversight with nine in-depth analyses of the one-on-one rapport between an Italian filmmaker and a "classic" name in modern European literature. Looking at combinations such as Pasolini and Sade, Rossellini and Stendhal, and Visconti and Mann amongst others, Testa uses theoretical as well as historical methods, showing how the respective text undergoes not 'adaptation' but full 're-creation' (as defined by Èizenshtein) in a different art form and, even more importantly, in a new cultural context.
Part One: Epigraphic Re-creations
1. Goethe and Archibugi Italy, the Illegible Land: Mignon Has Left (1988)
2. Kafka and Fellini Soteriology, Cinecittà-style: America and Intervista (1987)
Part Two: Coextensive Re-creations
3. Gogol and Lattuada Fantastic Neorealism: The Overcoat (1952)
4. Tolstoy and the Tavianis The Interminable Path of History: Father Sergius and The Night Sun (1990)
The Re-creation to End All Creation
Sade and Pasolini Requiem for a Utopia: Said or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
Part Three: Mediated Re-creations
5. Mérimée, Bizet, and Rosi The Consummation of Meridionalism: Carmen (1984)
6. Pasternak, Lean, and Moretti Hermits and Revolutionaries: Palombella rossa (1989)
Part Four: Hypertextual Re-creations
7. Stendhal and Rossellini The Masterpiece Fights Back: Vanina Vanini (1961)
8. Mann and Visconti One Sentry Falls: Death in Venice (1971)
On Readings: Perfect/Imperfect, Difficult, and More Difficult
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- 10.3138/9781442677111 doi
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