TITLE

ITALIAN FILMS

AUTHOR(S)
Tyler, Parker
PUB. DATE
October 1953
SOURCE
New Republic;10/5/53, Vol. 129 Issue 10, p20
SOURCE TYPE
Review
DOC. TYPE
Entertainment Review
ABSTRACT
The article provides information on the recent Italian films. The metaphor of the life-blood is very worthy of the Italian revival, whose first impetus followed the war. "Lifeblood" expresses the values of Curzio Malaparte's "Strange Deception," which, without previous experience in the medium, the Italian novelist wrote and directed with amazing art, literally contributing his own music to what is a phenomenally "musical" treatment of motion pictures. The six episodes of Anna Magnani's "Times Gone By," with a framing story, a balletic introduction, and a revue-like song number, runs from strict folk comedy to post-Ibsen domestic tragedy. Perhaps the most happily contrived of all "omnibus" films, its grace consists mostly in a forthright grasp of costume-feeling and a perished sense of manners, portrayed, as a rule, with nostalgic satire and a refreshing elegance.
ACCESSION #
14484621

 

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