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Film Sound in Italy

Listening to the Screen

Authors: Sisto, A.

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A critical engagement with cinema in Italy, this book examines the national archive of film based on sound and listening using a holistic audio-visual approach. Sisto shifts the sensory paradigm of film history and analysis from the optical to the sonic, demonstrating how this translates into a shift of canonical narratives and interpretations.

About the authors

Antonella Sisto is Five College Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Massachusettts, Amherst, USA.

Reviews

"Film Sound in Italy makes a difference in thinking about film aesthetics, history, and politics through its inventive investigation of the creative role of sound." - Marcia Landy, Distinguished Professor, English and Film Studies, University of Pittsburgh, USA

"Antonella Sisto's study taught me to think about sound in ways far deeper and more sophisticated than I had ever considered possible. This probing investigation of the uses and abuses of dubbing in Fascist cinema, neorealism, as well as in the works of Antonioni and Pasolini, offers new insights into areas so exhaustively studied as to defy new critical inroads. A major contribution to scholarship, Film Sound in Italy will also find enthusiastic readers among lay connoisseurs of the Seventh Art. - Millicent Marcus, Professor, Italian and Film Studies, Yale University, USA

"This book implicates the study of Italian Cinema within the broader aural turn of recent film studies and courageously devises a special kind of auscultation for Italian sound film. The effect is striking: like the sudden turning off of the mute button, it opens our ears to the reverberations of history and ideology." - Alessandra Campana, Associate Professor, Musicology, Tufts University, USA

"Film is an 'audiovisual medium' but it has long been a truism to note that far more attention has been paid in film studies to the 'visual' part of the hybrid formula than to the 'audio' party. There are exceptions, especially in the area of film music, but the general truth still holds. Antonella Sisto's rich new book is a part of a small but important wave of work that vigorously contests this sensory one-sidedness, programmatically calling on us to 'listen' to the screen as much as we 'watch' it and to acknowledge the multifaceted, indeed transformative impact of the aural/oral on everything we think we know about the medium . . . She makes a good case for the particularities of the Italian industry and its cultural history as illuminating of the whole set of general historical, political, and theoretical issues swirling around the field of film sound" - Viewfinder

"Sisto's book is thought-provoking and enlivened by a highly compelling writing style. It stimulates in the reader a keen curiosity to know more about the still mostly untold histories of film sound in Italy." - Journal of European Studies


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Sisto, Antonella C.

    Pages 1-16

  • Sounding Fascism in Cinema

    Sisto, Antonella C.

    Pages 17-39

  • Dubbing in Deed, and Listening to Dubbing

    Sisto, Antonella C.

    Pages 41-54

  • Cinema Talk: Between “Make Believe” and Schizophonia

    Sisto, Antonella C.

    Pages 55-77

  • The Soundtrack after Fascism: The Neorealist Play without Sound

    Sisto, Antonella C.

    Pages 79-111

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Hardcover $100.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-38770-7
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Softcover $95.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-48186-6
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Film Sound in Italy
Book Subtitle
Listening to the Screen
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Antonella C. Sisto
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-38771-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137387714
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-38770-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-48186-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 224
Number of Illustrations and Tables
9 b/w illustrations
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