The Great Black Spider on its Knock-Kneed Tripod : Reflections of Cinema in Early Twentieth-Century Italy, Hardback Book

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

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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.

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 376 pages, 18 Illustrations, unspecified
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Films, cinema
  • ISBN: 9781442644014

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