Bodies of Desire and Bodies in Distress: The Golden Age of Italian Cult Cinema 1970-1985

Mendik, Xavier (2015) Bodies of Desire and Bodies in Distress: The Golden Age of Italian Cult Cinema 1970-1985. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle Upon Tyne. ISBN 9781443859547

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Bodies of Desire and Bodies in Distress is a volume that fully explores the emergence of 1970s Italian cult film genres in light of the wider social, political and cultural anxieties that dominated during the decade.

As part of this consideration, the volume provided the first theoretical readings of a range of key Italian directors, performers and cycles associated with 1970s Italy.Through these considerations, the volume situated 1970s Italian cinema against the toxic backdrop of political violence and terrorist activity that shocked the nation. The volume also considered why the iconography of the sexually liberated female became recast as a symbol of fear and violation in a range of Italian cult film narratives. In addition, the book also analysed how longstanding regional distinctions between Italy’s urban North and the much maligned rural South fed into a number of film cycles produced between 1970 and 1985.

Item Type: Book
Identification Number: 9781443859547
1 June 2015Published
Subjects: CAH25 - design, and creative and performing arts > CAH25-01 - creative arts and design > CAH25-01-04 - cinematics and photography
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham Institute of Media and English > Birmingham School of Media
Depositing User: Xavier Mendik
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2020 09:44
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 16:57

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