Reframing Luchino Visconti

Film and Art

Ivo Blom | 2018

Reframing Luchino Visconti

Film and Art

Ivo Blom | 2018

ISBN: 9789088905483

Imprint: Sidestone Press Dissertations | Format: 182x257mm | 318 pp. | CLUES no. 4 | Series: CLUES | Language: English | 191 illus. (bw) | 154 illus. (fc) | Category: intervisuality, Luchino Visconti, film and art, Italian cinema, film studies | download cover

Reframing Luchino Visconti: Film and Art gives new and unique insights into the roots of the visual vocabulary of one of Italy’s most reputed film authors. It meticulously researches Visconti’s appropriation of European art in his set and costume design, from pictorial citations and the archaeology of the set to the use of portraits and pictorial references in costume design. Yet it also investigates Visconti’s cinematography in combination with his mise-en-scène in terms of staging, framing, mobile framing, and mirroring. Here not only aesthetic conventions from art but also those from silent and sound cinema have been clearly appropriated by Visconti and his crew.

This book gives answers to the question: where does the visual splendour of Visconti’s films come from?

“This book, apart from showing a long-standing passion and fidelity, gives us one of the most original international researches ever produced on Visconti’s work. Through thorough archival research and numerous interviews with people close to Visconti such as his crew members, Ivo Blom’s monograph reveals the extraordinary network of iconographic and cultural connections that unite Visconti’s work, expose Visconti’s cinematographic signature and link different historic events with crucial moments in Visconti’s personal life.” – Gian Piero Brunetta (Università degli Studi di Padova)

“This journey through Visconti’s films broadens our view of an oeuvre whose richness is not as much due to its manifold cultural references, but more to their daring use by the artist.” – Michèle Lagny (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3)



CLUES is an international scientific series covering research in the field of culture, history and heritage which have been written by, or were performed under the supervision of members of the research institute CLUE+.

This publication is part of the CLUES series

Introduction: Intervisuality, Theory and History

I. Pictorial Citation, Art Direction, and Costume Design in Visconti’s Films

1. Pictorial Citation: Il Bacio and Other Citations in Senso
2. Archaeology of the Set (I): Greuze and The Leopard
3. Archaeology of the Set (II): The Conversation Pieces in Conversation Piece
4. The (Photo) Portrait and the Remembrance of Things Past
5. Costume and Painting in Senso
6. Costume: Veiling, Unveiling and Revealing with Visconti

II. Staging, Framing and Mirroring in Visconti’s Films

7. Staging in Depth: Objects and People
8. Framing: Doors, Windows, and Anti-framing
9. Mobile Framing and Visual Explorations
10. Mirrors: Awkward Confrontations

Conclusion

Acknowledgements
Illustration Credits
Index

Dr. Ivo Blom

Ivo Blom is lecturer of film and media studies at the Dept of Comparative Arts and Media Studies (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam). He specializes in the comparison between cinema and art, but also early cinema, Italian cinema, Antiquity films and film distribution.

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Abstract:

Reframing Luchino Visconti: Film and Art gives new and unique insights into the roots of the visual vocabulary of one of Italy’s most reputed film authors. It meticulously researches Visconti’s appropriation of European art in his set and costume design, from pictorial citations and the archaeology of the set to the use of portraits and pictorial references in costume design. Yet it also investigates Visconti’s cinematography in combination with his mise-en-scène in terms of staging, framing, mobile framing, and mirroring. Here not only aesthetic conventions from art but also those from silent and sound cinema have been clearly appropriated by Visconti and his crew.

This book gives answers to the question: where does the visual splendour of Visconti’s films come from?

“This book, apart from showing a long-standing passion and fidelity, gives us one of the most original international researches ever produced on Visconti’s work. Through thorough archival research and numerous interviews with people close to Visconti such as his crew members, Ivo Blom’s monograph reveals the extraordinary network of iconographic and cultural connections that unite Visconti’s work, expose Visconti’s cinematographic signature and link different historic events with crucial moments in Visconti’s personal life.” – Gian Piero Brunetta (Università degli Studi di Padova)

“This journey through Visconti’s films broadens our view of an oeuvre whose richness is not as much due to its manifold cultural references, but more to their daring use by the artist.” – Michèle Lagny (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3)



CLUES is an international scientific series covering research in the field of culture, history and heritage which have been written by, or were performed under the supervision of members of the research institute CLUE+.

This publication is part of the CLUES series

Contents

Introduction: Intervisuality, Theory and History

I. Pictorial Citation, Art Direction, and Costume Design in Visconti’s Films

1. Pictorial Citation: Il Bacio and Other Citations in Senso
2. Archaeology of the Set (I): Greuze and The Leopard
3. Archaeology of the Set (II): The Conversation Pieces in Conversation Piece
4. The (Photo) Portrait and the Remembrance of Things Past
5. Costume and Painting in Senso
6. Costume: Veiling, Unveiling and Revealing with Visconti

II. Staging, Framing and Mirroring in Visconti’s Films

7. Staging in Depth: Objects and People
8. Framing: Doors, Windows, and Anti-framing
9. Mobile Framing and Visual Explorations
10. Mirrors: Awkward Confrontations

Conclusion

Acknowledgements
Illustration Credits
Index

Dr. Ivo Blom

Ivo Blom is lecturer of film and media studies at the Dept of Comparative Arts and Media Studies (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam). He specializes in the comparison between cinema and art, but also early cinema, Italian cinema, Antiquity films and film distribution.

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