In recent years, Italian cinema has experienced a quiet revolution: the proliferation of films by women. But their thought-provoking work has not yet received the attention it deserves. Reframing Italy fills this gap. The book introduces readers to films and documentaries by recognized women directors such as Cristina Comencini, Wilma Labate, Alina Marazzi, Antonietta De Lillo, Marina Spada, and Francesca Comencini, as well as to filmmakers whose work has so far been undeservedly ignored. Through a thematically based analysis supported by case studies, Luciano and Scarparo argue that Italian women filmmakers, while not overtly feminist, are producing work that increasingly foregrounds female subjectivity from a variety of social, political, and cultural positions. This book, with its accompanying video interviews, explores the filmmakers’ challenging relationship with a highly patriarchal cinema industry. The incisive readings of individual films demonstrate how women’s rich cinematic production reframes the aesthetic of their cinematic fathers, re-positions relationships between mothers and daughters, functions as a space for remembering women’s (hi)stories, and highlights pressing social issues such as immigration and workplace discrimination. This original and timely study makes an invaluable contribution to film studies and to the study of gender and culture in the early twenty-first century.
The Airplane Boys series by E. J. Crane (originally published in the 1930s) is a new series of hair-raising sky adventures. The dare-devil younger generation of this day and age, going through stunts, flying day and night, having their own fun and at the same time helping others. The technical end of aviation is also brought in, and the humorous situations keep the reader amused constantly.
Terence Tobin edits and annotates this bitingly satirical play written in 1 692 and attributed to Dr. Archibald Pitcairne. Significant as the only known full-length drama written in Scotland between the Reformation and the eighteenth century, it is a vigorous attack on religious hypocrisy.
On their summer vacation, the boys travel to the Windy Mountains to hunt and fish. To help Shep's father, the boys agree to take pictures of "real" hunting and fishing scenes, which will require daring and risk. They are attacked by wildcats and deal with foxes. Mysteriously, some of their belongings disappear and they know their task is in jeopardy.