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Puccini e la fanciulla. Notes for a Film Historiography

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Keywords: Film and History, Film Style, Contemporary Italian Cinema, Giacomo Puccini, Paolo Benvenuti

Filmmakers interested in narrating History have to deal with the difficulty of showing things that no longer exist. The cinema of Paolo Benvenuti demonstrates the viability of a meeting point, originally traced by the late Roberto Rossellini, between the traditional narrative film (the betrayal of reality) and the avant-garde (the betrayal of narration). The essay discusses in depth his working method and his characteristic style as they appear in an exemplary way in his latest film: Puccini e la fanciulla (2008). In particular, the author focuses on historical fidelity and its implications on style (composition of the frame, editing, sound).

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