1300 36 33 32

Emphasizing the importance of cultural theory for film history, Giuliana Bruno enriches our understanding of early Italian film as she guides us on a series of "inferential walks" through Italian culture in the first decades of this century. This innovative approach---the interweaving of examples of cinema with architecture, art history, medical discourse, photography, and literature--addresses the challenge posed by feminism to film study while calling attention to marginalized artists. An object of this critical remapping is Elvira Notari (1875-1946), Italy's first and most prolific woman filmmaker, whose documentary-style work on street life in Naples, a forerunner of neorealism, was popularly acclaimed in Italy and the United States until its suppression during the Fascist regime. Since only fragments of Notari's films exist today, Bruno illuminates the filmmaker's contributions to early Italian cinematography by evoking the cultural terrain in which she operated. What emerges is an intertextual montage of urban film culture highlighting a woman's view on love, violence, poverty, desire, and death. This panorama ranges from the city's exteriors to the body's interiors. Reclaiming an alternative history of women's filmmaking and reception, Bruno draws a cultural history that persuasively argues for a spatial, corporal interpretation of film language.

Buy Streetwalking on a Ruined Map book by Giuliana Bruno from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780691025339
ISBN-10: 0691025339
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 27mm)
Pages: 436
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 30-Nov-1992
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions


» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Streetwalking on a Ruined Map book by Giuliana Bruno and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write Review

Books By Author Giuliana Bruno

Surface by Giuliana Bruno


Paperback, February 2017
Off Screen by Giuliana Bruno

Off Screen

Paperback, February 2016
Exhibiting the Moving Image by Giuliana Bruno

Exhibiting the Moving Image

Paperback, June 2015
Isaac Julien by Giuliana Bruno

Isaac Julien

Hardback, December 2013