The Great Black Spider on its Knock-Kneed Tripod : Reflections of Cinema in Early Twentieth-Century Italy Hardback
Part of the Toronto Italian Studies series
The emergence of cinema as a predominant form of mass entertainment in the 1910s inspired intellectuals to rethink their definitions of art.
The Great Black Spider on Its Knock-Kneed Tripod traces the encounter of Italy's writers with cinema, and in doing so offers vibrant new perspectives on the country's early twentieth-century culture.
This comparative study focuses on the immediate responses to this cultural phenomenon of three highly influential intellectuals, each with a competing aesthetic vision - Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, founder of Futurism; Gabriele D'Annunzio, leader of Italian Decadentism; and Luigi Pirandello, a father of modern European theatre and theorist of humour.
Along with demonstrating how the popularization of the feature-length narrative influenced each author's outlook and theories, Michael Syrimis unravels the extent to which cinema enforced or neutralized the ideological and aesthetic differences between them.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 376 pages, 18 Illustrations, unspecified
- Publisher: University of Toronto Press
- Publication Date: 24/07/2012
- Category: Films, cinema
- ISBN: 9781442644014
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