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Film Studies: National Cinemas

This guide highlights selected resources for various national cinemas.

Introduction to Italian cinema

In 1895 an Italian, Filoteo Alberini, patented the Kinetograph, a device for making, printing, and projecting films; and the country’s earliest public exhibition of moving images, via the Lumière Cinématographe, took place on 13 March 1896 in Rome. Italy’s earliest fiction film is thought to be a 1905 historical drama called La presa di Roma, 20 settembre 1870/The Capture of Rome, 20 September 1870. Film production flourished in the silent era, with numerous, mostly small, companies scattered around the country: one of these—Cines, founded in 1906—remained in operation in various guises until 1957. Between 1911 and 1914, with stars such as Hesperia, Maria Jacobini, and Emilio Ghioni, Italian films proved extremely successful in gaining entry to international markets.  ...

Kuhn, A., & Westwell, G. (2020). Italy, film in. In A Dictionary of Film Studies. : Oxford University Press. Retrieved 16 May. 2021

Searching the online catalog

You can use the subject heading below to find resources in the online catalog. The call number range is also included.

Introductory reading(s)

Selected book titles

Finding journal articles

Articles and other writings about Italian film can be found in many publications. Our collection does not titles that looks exclusively at Italian film. You can use Film & Television Literature Index to find articles or use the search box at the top of the page.

Selected film titles

Find more Italian film titles in the library's online catalog.