The Cinema of Ermanno Olmi


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About the Book

Ermanno Olmi is one of cinema’s great, unsung filmmakers. Emerging onto the Italian art film scene just as the last canonical neo-realist movies were released in the late 1950s and early 1960s, several of Olmi’s films, including Il Posto (1961), The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978) and The Legend of the Holy Drinker (1988), won top prizes at Cannes and Venice. However, the majority of his work has remained unappreciated. This, the first English language book on Olmi, explores the director’s style and evolving environmentalism, from his early, institutional short films, made while working at an Italian energy company, to his 19 feature films.

About the Author(s)

Ian Pettigrew has published essays in Asian Cinema, The Journal of Religion and Film, Cinej: Cinema Journal, and in the online media journal In Media Res. He lives in Malaysia.

Bibliographic Details

Ian Pettigrew
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 217
Bibliographic Info: 15 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6589-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4122-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

A Brief Biography
1. In the Beginning, There Was … Edisonvolta
2. Time Standing Still and Moving Freely:Olmi’s Boom
Trilogy and the Evolution of His ­Time-Shifting Style
3. Disillusionment with Success During gli anni di piombo
in Olmi’s ­Post-Boom Trilogy
4. Revisiting the Past to Contemplate Our Freedom in
the Present: Olmi’s History Films
5. Exemplary Realities: Olmi’s Fables and Parables
6. Christ and Religion According to an Aspiring Christian
Chapter Notes