Call For Papers: Directory of World Cinema: Italy

From images of La Dolce Vita and Mafiosi in dark glasses, to the bleak landscapes of Antonioni and the city streets of neo-realism, Italian cinema has long been an object of fascination. But these familiar motifs are only aspects of a cinema which, due to its importance both internationally and within Italy’s own cultural traditions, still offers new areas of exploration. Italian cinema not only holds a central place in the development of global film history; examples such as silent spectacle and post-war genre cinema were also important participants within a wider domestic heritage. While Italy’s renowned contributions to auteurism and realism are ripe for reconsideration, the opportunity remains to shine new light on the traditions of music, melodrama, comedy and action, that also contribute to the richness of Italian cinematic production.

Intellect is launching the Directory of World Cinema, which aims to bring a new dimension to the academic study of film. The directory is intended to play a part in the distribution of academic output by building a forum for the study of film from a disciplined theoretical base. Each volume will cover the cinema of a particular world region, and will offer an A-Z of reviews, longer essays and research resources. We are looking for committed writers to contribute reviews of 500 words in length. Longer articles are also welcome. To contribute to the Italian volume, please contact Louis Bayman at: and include references/links to any film reviewing that you may have done for magazines or journals.

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