The Divine Comic: The Cinema of Roberto Benigni

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Scarecrow Press, 17.07.2001 - 160 Seiten
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Roberto Benigni, the Italian comedian, actor, director, and writer, gained international fame when his film La vita è bella/ Life Is Beautiful (1997) won three Oscars in 1999, including Best Foreign Film and Best Actor. Benigni has been a steady presence in Italian popular culture since the mid-1970s. This book introduces Benigni's performances in film, stage, and television, little known outside of Italy, with an emphasis on the cultural and intellectual backdrops that characterize his films, including his origins among the Tuscan rhyming poets and his experiences in the Roman avant-garde theater. Benigni's statements about his experiences and apprenticeships with cinema notables like Cesare Zavattini and Federico Fellini reveal a wealth of fresh information and confirm the sense that there is more to this madcap buffoon than meets the eye.
 

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Inhalt

1 Biographical Summary
1
2 Benignis Cioni Persona from Theater to Film
15
3 Cioni on Film
23
4 Cioni on Television
33
5 Film Apprenticeships and Cameos 19791989
43
6 Benignis Religious Parody on Stage
55
7 Benigni as Director
63
Part 1
77
11 La Vita è BellaLife is Beautiful
97
Afterword
123
Appendix
127
Bibliography
157
Theatrical work
163
Filmography
165
Index
171
About the Author
175

Part 2
83
Part 3
87

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Über den Autor (2001)

Carlo Celli is Assistant Professor of Italian and Film Studies at Bowling Green State University. He has published articles in Cinema Journal, Italica, Journal of Popular Film and Television, and Critical Inquiry, among others.

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