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Early Film Theories in Italy 1896-1922: The Little Magic Machine
edited by Francesco Casetti, Silvio Alovisio and Luca Mazzei
Amsterdam University Press, 2017
eISBN: 978-90-485-2710-6 | Paper: 978-90-8964-855-6
Library of Congress Classification PN1993.5.I88E27 2017
Dewey Decimal Classification 791.430945

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
This collection for the first time brings together scholars to explore the ways that various people and groups in Italian society reacted to the advent of cinema. Looking at the responses of writers, scholars, clergymen, psychologists, philosophers, members of parliament, and more, the pieces collected here from that period show how Italians developed a common language to describe and discuss this invention that quickly exceeded all expectations and transcended existing categories of thought and artistic forms. The result is a close-up picture of a culture in transition, dealing with a “scandalous” new technology that appeared poised to thoroughly change everyday life.

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