Publication Date

2014-07-02

Availability

Open access

Embargo Period

2014-07-02

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)

Department

Cinema and Interactive Media (Communication)

Date of Defense

2014-06-18

First Committee Member

Christina Lane

Second Committee Member

William Rothman

Third Committee Member

John Paul Russo

Fourth Committee Member

Grace Barnes

Abstract

The self-evident reasons for a work needing to be written on Olmi are plenty: his films have won many major international film festival awards, having Godard proclaim I fidanzati to be one of the ten best films ever made, and being consistently quoted visually by filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Mike Leigh,and Ken Loach. (2008: pg.31)1. But Olmi’s films can have a very personal significance once an adventurous viewer has discovered them, that invites further viewings. Through Olmi’s singular style, we develop an interest in the characters of his films in a way that beckons us to explore our own selves and our relationships with others.

Keywords

Ermanno Olmi; Italian Cinema; Modernity; Italian History

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