Peter Bondanella is the author of a number of groundbreaking books such as: Hollywood Italians, The Cinema of Federico Fellini, and The Films of Roberto Rossellini. In 2009, he was elected to the European Academy of Sciences and the Arts for his contributions to the history of the Italian cinema and his translations or editions of Italian literary classics (Dante, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Vasari, Cellini). He was Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature, Film Studies and Italian at Indiana University Bloomington, USA. Federico Pacchioni is Sebastian Paul & Marybelle Musco Chair of Italian Studies at Chapman University, Orange, California, USA. In his research, he focuses on cases of artistic synergy and intermediality across Italian cinema, literature, and theatre. He is the author of numerous articles and of the monograph Inspiring Fellini: Literary Collaborations behind the Scenes (2014).
Peter Bondanella's masterly A History of Italian Cinema was a monument to a lifetime of passionate scholarly engagement with the films and film-makers of the peninsula. This second edition, revised and expanded with Federico Pacchioni, integrates new themes and takes full account of the latest approaches to the history of Italian cinema. It will be an indispensible reference work for academics, students and general readers for years to come. Bondanella's final work seals his place as the most ambitious and knowledgable of the English-speaking world's experts on the entire range of films produced in Italy from the origins to the present. * Stephen Gundle, Professor of Film and Television Studies, University of Warwick, UK * This new edition of History of Italian Cinema is the most comprehensive, insightful and appealing book on the subject. Ideal for teaching a variety of courses and levels, and well-suited for a general reader, History of Italian Cinema will remain the gold standard in a crowded field for years to come. * John P. Welle, Professor of Italian and Concurrent Professor of Film, Television, and Theatre, University of Notre Dame, USA * In this expanded, updated version, Peter Bondanella's study reclaims its status as the foremost English language work on the history of Italian film. Written in a clear and compelling style, balancing vast coverage with vivid sketches of individual films, this book provides an indispensable resource for scholars and film buffs eager to enrich their knowledge of this grand, and ever vital cinematic tradition. * Millicent Marcus, Professor and Chair, Department of Italian, Yale University, USA * This extensively revised edition of the classic English-language history of Italian cinema reads like a completely fresh work. Clearly written, it takes the reader from the beginnings of cinema to the most recent developments, covering everything from neorealism and art cinema to popular genres like the giallo, horror and comedy and combining a broad overview with detailed analyses of individual films. Lavishly illustrated and with an up-to-date bibliography, this book is the essential guide to the subject for students, specialists and general readers. * David Forgacs, Zerilli-Marimo Professor of Contemporary Italian Studies, New York University, USA *