In the SD Reader and Guide to Italian Cinema

Do Bianchi made an appearance last week in the San Diego Reader in an entertaining piece written by Matthew Lickona on a dinner he and I shared a few weeks ago with Maurizio Zanella at Jaynes Gastropub.

In other shameless self-promotion…

I was thrilled to see the cover (left) for my translation of Brunetta’s narrative guide to Italian cinema, due out in May from Princeton University Press.

I owe a hearty thanks to my editor Hanne Winarsky who patiently and generously stood by me through thick and thin as I translated this behemoth of a book. Warm thanks also to PUP editors Kathleen Cioffi and Adithi Kasturirangan for all their help and to copy editor Maria denBoer for her deft hand.

From the Princeton University Press 2009 catalog:

The History of Italian Cinema

A Guide to Italian Film from Its Origins to the Twenty-First Century

Gian Piero Brunetta

Translated by Jeremy Parzen

The History of Italian Cinema is the most comprehensive guide to Italian film ever published. Written by the foremost scholar of Italian cinema and presented here for the first time in English, this landmark book traces the complete history of filmmaking in Italy, from its origins in the silent era; through its golden age in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, and its subsequent decline; to its resurgence today.

Gian Piero Brunetta covers more than 1,500 films, discussing renowned masters including Roberto Rossellini and Federico Fellini, as well as directors lesser known outside Italy like Dino Risi and Ettore Scola. He examines overlooked Italian genre films such as horror movies, comedies, and Westerns, and he also devotes attention to neglected periods like the Fascist era. Brunetta illuminates the epic scope of Italian filmmaking, showing it to be a powerful cultural force in Italy and leaving no doubt about its enduring influence abroad. Encompassing the social, political, and technical aspects of the craft, he recreates the world of Italian cinema, giving readers rare insights into the actors, cinematographers, film critics, and producers that have made Italian cinema unique. Brunetta’s passion as a true fan of Italian movies comes across on every page of this panoramic guide.

A delight for film lovers everywhere, The History of Italian Cinema reveals the full artistry of Italian film.

Gian Piero Brunetta is professor of the history and criticism of cinema at the University of Padua in Italy. His many books include the acclaimed five-volume History of World Cinema.


Cloth $35.00


368 pages. 6 x 9.



“Brunetta is without doubt Italy’s foremost historian of Italian cinema, and this outstanding synthesis of his three decades of research on the subject belongs on every bookshelf devoted to film in general and Italian cinema in particular. It represents not only a brilliant overview but also a comprehensive reference guide to the entire history of Italian film from the silent era to the present.”

—Peter Bondanella, author of The Cinema of Federico Fellini

8 thoughts on “In the SD Reader and Guide to Italian Cinema

  1. Auguri JP! Brunetta’s book looks like a fascinating read (nice cover too). I’ll have to look out for it in May. Funny to see the name of Peter Bondanella at the bottom of this post. He was certainly oft-quoted by yours truly as I grappled with Fellini as a student for my Italian cinema class. I remember on one particular Sunday watching “La Strada”, “Giulietta degli Spiriti” and “Amarcord” in a fantastic yet somewhat mind-blowing triple-bill. I had to put on “Roma” just to recover…

  2. Thanks, everyone, for the kind words about this translation. So much of life was wrapped up in it — in ways that I can’t even begin to explain and it just means the world to me to hear your well wishes (and all the people who have emailed me, too).

    Great to hear Stefano in Padua: Brunetta teaches at the Università di Padova where I studied many, many years ago.

    Tracie B, PUP is pretty frugal when it comes to review copies, but I’ll see what I can do… ;-)

    Thanks, really, to everyone for sharing this moment with me… It means a lot… more than you know…

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