Download Beauty and the Beast: Italianness in British Cinema by Elisabetta Girelli PDF

By Elisabetta Girelli

Scholarly curiosity in problems with nationwide identification and illustration has been expanding for years, and cinema is an important source for that paintings, because it allows cross-cultural discussion and the portrayal of alternative layers of illustration and cultural stereotypes. good looks and the Beast takes a glance on the depictions of Italy and the Italians in British cinema.Elisabetta Girelli attracts upon cultural and social heritage to evaluate the continuing illustration of “Italianness” in British movie, and its the most important function in defining and difficult British nationwide id. Girelli presents an unique survey of archival fabric comparable to global conflict II pictures, and an research of important British movies like summer time insanity and A Room With A View. Drawing on British literary and filmic culture to research the increase of particular pictures of the Italian different, good looks and the Beast is a noteworthy and designated contribution to movie and cultural reviews.

Show description

Read or Download Beauty and the Beast: Italianness in British Cinema PDF

Best nonfiction_5 books

Dylan Dog: Zed

It is the go back of Europe's maximum paranormal investigator Dylan puppy! subscribe to Dylan and his sidekick Felix as they examine an odd portal to a gorgeous but lethal otherworldly measurement referred to as ZED. it is as much as Dylan and Felix to determine the secret earlier than the area of ZED kills back!

Distributed Generation (Iet Renewable Energy)

Over numerous many years, types, recommendations and alertness instruments have been built that known the principal nature of new release, and there are lots of first-class texts that relate to and describe the overview of such structures. in spite of the fact that, a few very particular gains of allotted iteration, specifically that giant numbers of quite small turbines are disbursed round the process, frequently attached into really susceptible distribution networks suggest that present ideas and practices have needed to be reviewed and up-to-date to take those good points under consideration.

Extra resources for Beauty and the Beast: Italianness in British Cinema

Example text

3 Such well-meaning if patronizing attitudes characterized the supporters of organ-grinding, to whom the Italians were romantic creatures, as cheerful and musical as Italy was always sunny; Italianness was a syrupy concoction, elaborated in response to subjective needs and social anxiety, just as the ‘Foreign Ruffian’ was the expression of deep-seated fears of poverty and foreignness. This split representation of the Italian immigrant, opposing the villain to the likeable but clownish performer, forms the base of contemporary Italian stereotypes, where glamour and style have been injected into a core image which is either corrupted or laughable (sometimes both, as in the opera-singing, pasta-cooking, mum-loving Mafioso; or indeed in the case of Collins’ Count Fosco, a hugely fat music lover with a passion for breeding canaries).

Chaos and panic spread through the Italian soldiers, who abandoned their weapons and fled or surrendered in their thousands; some even deserted to the Austrians. A later recovery was only possible through the arrival of British and French reinforcements, and indeed Italy would depend on Allied support for the rest of the war. The effects of Caporetto on the Italians were a regret of having joined the conflict, strengthened by bitterness at the terms of the peace agreement, which were judged a poor compensation for their sacrifices (Gibbons and Morican 1965, 69–70); internationally, their sensational collapse in the face of the enemy seemed to speak eloquently of their military worthlessness.

At the same time, more and more Italians in London were entering the exclusive hotel and restaurant industry, slowly making their way up the social ladder to the ownership of their own business; in the 1920s, high-class Italian restaurants would be opening in Soho and Mayfair (Colpi 1991, 62–63). The Soho colony was a new addition to the Italian community, consisting of recent arrivals from prevalently urban areas of Lombardy and Piedmont; because of their city origin and their upper-market work environment, these latest immigrants kept themselves at a distance from the other group, where itinerancy and street selling was still common at the turn of the century.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.32 of 5 – based on 50 votes