Publisher description for Italian cinema : gender and genre / by Maggie Gčunsberg.

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Maggie Gunsberg examines popular genre cinema in Italy during the 1950s and 1960s, focusing on melodrama, commedia all'italiana, peplum, horror and the spaghetti western. These genres are explored from a gender standpoint which takes into account the historical and socio-economic context of cinematic production and consumption. An interdisciplinary feminist approach informed by current film theory and other perspectives (psychoanalytic, materialist, deconstructive), leads to the analysis of genre-specific representations of femininity and masculinity as constructed by the formal properties of film.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Sex role in motion pictures, Motion pictures Italy History