Mafia Movies : A Reader, Second Edition / Dana Renga.

Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2019]
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Toronto Italian Studies
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Gangster films -- Italy -- History and criticism.
Gangster films -- United States -- History and criticism.
Mafia in motion pictures.
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Godfather trilogy. (search)
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Martin Scorsese. (search)
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The mafia has always fascinated filmmakers and television producers. Al Capone, Salvatore Giuliano, Lucky Luciano, Ciro Di Marzio, Roberto Saviano, Don Vito and Michael Corleone, and Tony Soprano are some of the historical and fictional figures that contribute to the myth of the Italian and Italian-American mafias perpetuated onscreen. This collection looks at mafia movies and television over time and across cultures, from the early classics to the Godfather trilogy and contemporary Italian films and television series. The only comprehensive collection of its type, Mafia Movies treats over fifty films and TV shows created since 1906, while introducing Italian and Italian-American mafia history and culture. The second edition includes new original essays on essential films and TV shows that have emerged since the publication of the first edition, such as Boardwalk Empire and Mob Wives, as well as a new roundtable section on Italy's "other" mafias in film and television, written as a collaborative essay by more than ten scholars. The edition also introduces a new section called "Double Takes" that elaborates on some of the most popular mafia films and TV shows (e.g. The Godfather and The Sopranos) organized around themes such as adaptation, gender and politics, urban spaces, and performance and stardom.
Part One. Setting the Scene
1. The Corleones at Home and Abroad / Renga, Dana
2. Gender and Violence: Four Themes in the Everyday World of Mafia Wives / Schneider, Jane / Schneider, Peter
Part Two. American Mafia Movies and Television: The Corleones at Home and Abroad
3. Wallace McCutcheon's The Black Hand: A Different Version of a Biograph Kidnapping / Maggitti, Vincenzo
4. 'Most Thrilling Subjects': D.W. Griffith and the Biograph Revenge Films / Ruvoli, Joanne
5. Ethnicity and the Classical Gangster Film: Mervyn LeRoy's Little Caesar and Howard Hawks's Scarface / Bouchard, Norma
6. Playing Good Italian/Bad Italian on ABC's The Untouchables / Cavallero, Jonathan J.
7. Prelude to The Godfather: Martin Ritt's The Brotherhood / Casillo, Robert
8. Michael Corleone's Tie: Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather / Tamburri, Anthony Julian
9. Nihilism and Mafiositá in Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets / D'Acierno, Pellegrino
10. Thematic Patterns in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather: Part II / Russo, John Paul
11. The Sexual Politics of Loyalty in John Huston's Prizzi's Honor / Bauman, Rebecca
12. Between Postmodern Parody and Generic Hybridization: The Gangsters of Brian De Palma's The Untouchables / Bouchard, Norma
13. The Bandit, the Gangster, and the American Army Shorts: Michael Cimino's The Sicilian / Mazzucchelli, Chiara
14. Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas: Hybrid Storytelling between Realism and Formalism / Orsitto, Fulvio
15. Redemption in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather: Part III / Russo, John Paul
16. Narrating the Mafia, Las Vegas, and Ethnicity in Martin Scorsese's Casino / Bisoni, Claudio
17. 'Nothing Romantic about It': Gender and the Legacy of Crime in Abel Ferrara's The Funeral / Santoro, Lara
18. Inside the Mafia: Mike Newell's Donnie Brasco / Casillo, Robert
19. Family Therapy: Harold Ramis's Analyze This and the Evolution of the Gangster Genre / Bayman, Louis
20. Martin Scorsese's The Departed, or the Quest for a Departed (Ethnic) Identity / Heyer-Caput, Margherita
21. When Words Can Kill: David Chase's The Sopranos / Ricci, Franco
22. 'Don't Stop Believin', Don't Stop ...': (De)Structuring Expectations in the Final Season of The Sopranos / Lombardi, Giancarlo
23. 'History Doesn't Repeat Itself, but It Does Rhyme': Fictionalizing History in Boardwalk Empire / Russo, Paolo
24. Mob Wives: Exploitation or Empowerment? / Reich, Jacqueline / Karim, Fatima
Part Three. Italian Mafia Movies and Television: Resistance and Myth
25. Which Law Is the Father's? Gender and Generic Oscillation in Pietro Germi's In the Name of the Law / Hipkins, Danielle
26. The Visible, Unexposed: Francesco Rosi's Salvatore Giuliano / Wittman, Laura
27. Modernity, Mafia Style: Alberto Lattuada's Mafioso / Moe, Nelson
28. Francesco Rosi's Hands over the City: A Contemporary Perspective on the Camorra / Paparcone, Anna
29. Prototypes of the Mafia: Luchino Visconti's The Leopard / Leake, Elizabeth
30. The Failure of the Intellectual: Elio Petri's Filming of Leonardo Sciascia's To Each His Own / Bini, Daniela
31. Damiano Damiani's The Day of the Owl: A Western Flirtation / Garofalo, Piero
32. Smaller and Larger Families: Lina Wertmüller's The Seduction of Mimi / Harrison, Thomas
33. Deconstructing the Enigma: Logical Investigations in Francesco Rosi's Lucky Luciano / Marrone, Gaetana
34. Power as Such: The Idea of the Mafia in Francesco Rosi's Illustrious Corpses / O'Leary, Alan
35. Marco Risi's Forever Mary: Desperate Lives Converge in Sicilia 'Non Bedda' / Stefano, George de
36. Threads of Political Violence in Italy's Spiderweb: Giorgio Ambrosoli's Murder in Michele Placido's A Bourgeois Hero / Testa, Carlo
37. Sacrifice, Sacrament, and the Body in Ricky Tognazzi's La scorta / Swennen Ruthenberg, Myriam
38. Pasquale Scimeca's Placido Rizzotto: A Different View of Corleone / Boylan, Amy
39. Marco Tullio Giordana's The Hundred Steps: The Biopic as Political Cinema / Stefano, George de
40. Roberta Torre's Angela: The Mafia and the 'Woman's Film' / O'Rawe, Catherine
41. Organized Crime and Unfulfilled Promises in Gabriele Salvatores' I'm Not Scared / O'Riley, Michael
42. Growing Up Camorrista: Antonio and Andrea Frazzi's Certi bambini / Cooper, Allison
43. Lipstick and Chocolate: Paolo Sorrentino's The Consequences of Love / Wood, Mary
44. The In(di)visibility of the Mafia, Politics, and Ethics in Bianchi and Nerazzini's The Mafia Is White / Pickering-Iazzi, Robin
45. Marco Turco's Excellent Cadavers: An Italian Tragedy / Spazzini, Maddalena
46. Dispatches from Hell: Matteo Garrone's Gomorrah / Antonello, Pierpaolo
47. From Comedy to Commemoration: Pierfrancesco Diliberto's La mafia uccide solo d'estate / Marcus, Millicent
48. Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza's Salvo: The Sound of Redemption in an Infernal Landscape / Boylan, Amy
49. Of Renegades and Game Players: Shifting Sympathies in Gomorra: la serie / Lombardi, Giancarlo
Part Four. Italy's Other Mafias in Film and on Television: A Roundtable
50. Introduction - The Banda della Magliana, the Camorra, the 'Ndrangheta, and the Sacra Corona Unita: The Mafia On Screen beyond the Cosa Nostra / Renga, Dana
51. Historicizing Italy's Other Mafias: Some Considerations / Dickie, John
52. Romanzo criminale: Roma Caput Violandi / Cooper, Allison
53. Romanzo criminale: la serie / O'Rawe, Catherine
54. Toxic Tables: The Representation of Food in Camorra Films / Boylan, Amy
55. The New Mafia in Una vita tranquilla / Luca, Giovanna de
56. Soap Operas / Lombardi, Giancarlo
57. Response #1 / Gordon, Robert
58. Response #2 / Hipkins, Danielle
59. Response #3 / Pickering-Iazzi, Robin
60. Conclusion / Cooper, Allison
Part Five. Double Takes
The Godfather
61. The Godfather: Performance and Stardom / Holdaway, Dom
62. The Godfather: Adaptation / Zambenedetti, Alberto
63. The Godfather: Gender / Renga, Dana
64. The Godfather: Scene Analysis - Don Vito's Office / Zambenedetti, Alberto
65. The Godfather: Scene Analysis - The Baptism/Murder / Zambenedetti, Alberto
66. The Godfather: Scene Analysis - The Finale / Paul, Daniel
The Sopranos
67. The Sopranos: Antiheroic Masculinity / Renga, Dana
68. The Sopranos: Gender / Holdaway, Dom
69. The Sopranos: (Sub)Urban Space / Zambenedetti, Alberto
70. The Sopranos: Episode 1.01, 'The Sopranos' / Holdaway, Dom
71. The Sopranos: Episode 1.05, 'College' / O'Sullivan, Sean
72. The Sopranos: Episode 2.04, 'Commendatori' / O'Sullivan, Sean
Romanzo criminale
73. Romanzo criminale: Performance and Stardom / O'Rawe, Catherine
74. Romanzo criminale: Adaptation/Transmedia / Holdaway, Dom
75. Romanzo criminale: Gender / Hipkins, Danielle
76. Romanzo criminale: Politics and Terrorism / Holdaway, Dom
77. Romanzo criminale: Scene Analysis - The Aldo Moro Kidnapping / O'Rawe, Catherine
78. Romanzo criminale: Scene Analysis - The Bologna Bombing / O'Leary, Alan
79. Gomorrah: Gender / Past, Elena
80. Gomorrah: Metacinematic References / Zambenedetti, Alberto
81. Gomorrah: Urban Space / Seger, Monica
82. Gomorrah: Scene Analysis - Opening Sequence / Zambenedetti, Alberto
83. Gomorrah: Scene Analysis - The Initiation of Totò / Zambenedetti, Alberto
84. Gomorrah: Scene Analysis - The Finale / Seger, Monica
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