Recently, FTVM Associate Professor Giorgio Bertellini published a book on Italian silent cinema. Despite the wealth of studies of silent cinema in the English language, knowledge of the medium’s first decades has remained attached to a canon in which Italian silent cinema appears deceptively familiar but largely absent. With thirty essays written by leading scholars in the field, Italian Silent Cinema: A Reader illuminates this understudied area of film history. Featuring over a hundred and fifty illustrations, the Reader brings into focus individual film companies, stars and genres and places the Italian production of dramas, comedies, serials, newsreels, and avant-garde works in dialogue with international film culture.

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