Marco Bellocchio: The Cinematic I in the Political Sphere

by Clodagh J. Brook

© 2010

Marco Bellocchio is one of Italy's most important and prolific directors, with a career spanning five decades. In this book, Clodagh J. Brook explores the boundaries between the public and the private, the political and the personal, and the collective and the individual as they appear in Bellocchio's films. Including work on psychoanalysis, politics, film production, autobiography, and the relationship between film tradition and contemporary culture, Marco Bellocchio touches on fundamental issues in film analysis.

Brook's study interrogates what it means to make personal or anti-institutional art in a medium dominated by a late-capitalist industrial model of production. Her readings of Bellocchio's often enigmatic and perplexing work suggest new ways to answer questions about subjectivity, objectivity, and political commentary in modes of filmmaking. Relating the art of a private director to a public medium, Clodagh J. Brook's work is an important contribution to our understanding of film.

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Including work on psychoanalysis, politics, film production, autobiography, and the relationship between film tradition and contemporary culture, Marco Bellocchio touches on fundamental issues in film analysis.

Marco Bellocchio: The Cinematic I in the Political Sphere

by Clodagh J. Brook

© 2010

Marco Bellocchio is one of Italy's most important and prolific directors, with a career spanning five decades. In this book, Clodagh J. Brook explores the boundaries between the public and the private, the political and the personal, and the collective and the individual as they appear in Bellocchio's films. Including work on psychoanalysis, politics, film production, autobiography, and the relationship between film tradition and contemporary culture, Marco Bellocchio touches on fundamental issues in film analysis.

Brook's study interrogates what it means to make personal or anti-institutional art in a medium dominated by a late-capitalist industrial model of production. Her readings of Bellocchio's often enigmatic and perplexing work suggest new ways to answer questions about subjectivity, objectivity, and political commentary in modes of filmmaking. Relating the art of a private director to a public medium, Clodagh J. Brook's work is an important contribution to our understanding of film.

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  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.6in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    'Marco Bellocchio's recent return to the centre-stage of Italian cinema has been nothing short of remarkable. Clodagh J. Brook's study—the first of Bellocchio in English—is a highly timely contribution, a vigorous and closely attentive account of his oeuvre to date. It describes a body of work, from I pugni in tasca (1965) through to Vincere (2009), poised at a series of challenging junctures, between the real and the oneiric, the personal and the political, in disquieting, compelling rebellion.'
    Robert S.C. Gordon, Department of Italian, University of Cambridge

    'While Marco Bellocchio's film career has received deserved attention in Italy, his work is much less well known and written about in English. Clodagh J. Brook's admirably researched book redresses that situation by covering the span of his films from his earliest productions to the most recent, situating them in a historical, social, political, and theoretical context, and by paying proper attention to the changing forms of his style, his sources, modes of narration, and their connection to and divergence from those of other Italian and European filmmakers.'
    Marcia Landy, English and Film Studies, University of Pittsburgh
  • Author Information

    Clodagh J. Brook is associate professor and Head of Italian at Trinity College, Dublin.
  • Table of contents

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Table of Contents

    Note on the Text

    Acknowledgements

    Chapter One. Auteur and Autobiograpy
    Constructing an Auteur
    Collaboration and Production
    The Zigzagging Path
    Bobbio and My Mother's Smile: Autobiography in Bellocchio's Cinema
    Conclusion

    Chapter Two. Bellocchio's Political Cinema in the Sixties and Seventies
    The Problems of Impegno in the Era of Postmodernism
    The Nature of Bellocchio's Impegno
    La Cina รจ vicina, "Discutiamo, discutiamo", and Pre-Contestation Impegno
    The Militant Documentaries, Nel nome del padre, Marcia trionfale: Contestation, Impegno, Collectivity
    Conclusion

    Chapter Three. The Dreaming "I": Interiority and Massimo Fagioli's "Model" of the Unconscious
    Massimo Fagioli and Group Therapy
    Massimo Fagioli's "Model" of the Unconscious
    The Calm Sea and Inner Child: Salto nel vuoto and Il sogno della farfalla
    Sex, Women, and Irrationality: La visione del Sabba and La condanna
    Screening the "I": Styles of Interiority
    The Oneiric and States of Hesitation
    Space and the Unconscious, or the House as Psyche: Salto nel vuoto and Diavolo in corpo
    Temporality and the Unconscious: Enrico IV and the Chronotrap
    Conclusion

    Chapter Four. Bellocchio's Political Cinema from the Eighties to the Present
    Italian Terrorism: Buongiorno, notte

    Chapter Five. The Rebel "I": Patriarchy and Parents
    The Woman as Rebel: Politics and Patriarchy
    Rebellion in the Name of the Father and Family: I pugni in tasca, Il Principe di Homburg, L'ora di religione
    Conclusion

    Chapter Six. Tradition and its Discontents
    Adaptations and Citations: Pirandello, Manzoni, and the Overturning of the Father-Text
    Conclusions. Private Cinema in a Public Sphere

    Bibliography

    Index

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