Journal of Film Music, Vol 8, No 1-2 (2015)

Looking at the Screen through the Spindle Hole: A Phonographic Approach to Italian Cinema of the 1960s

Alessandro Bratus
Issued Date: 17 Apr 2019

Abstract


The use of songs in Italian cinema could be regarded as a minor issue from a cinematographic perspective, being seen possibly as a derivative by-product in both a film’s production and in its critical reception. However, music plays a crucial role in postwar Italian popular culture, as evidenced by the heated debate about the ideological function of popular and folk music that has raged among intellectuals (most notably Umberto Eco), musicians, ethnomusicologists, and composers. My starting assumption is that a perspective on cinema production gained from the vantage point of the phonographic medium can help to enlighten issues related to changing styles and production practices in Italian popular culture after World War II. Investigating the connections between the film and recording industries also highlights the need for film composers to be versatile and proficient in different genres, a quality that was an integral part of their role as specialized professionals.

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DOI: 10.1558/jfm.37322

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