Mondo Exotica

Author: Francesco Adinolfi
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822389088
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Mondo Exotica from the Author: Francesco Adinolfi. Tiki torches, cocktails, la dolce vita, and the music that popularized them—Mondo Exotica offers a behind-the-scenes look at the sounds and obsessions of the Space Age and Cold War period as well as the renewed interest in them evident in contemporary music and design. The music journalist and radio host Francesco Adinolfi provides extraordinary detail about artists, songs, albums, and soundtracks, while also presenting an incisive analysis of the ethnic and cultural stereotypes embodied in exotica and related genres. In this encyclopedic account of films, books, TV programs, mixed drinks, and above all music, he balances a respect for exotica’s artistic innovations with a critical assessment of what its popularity says about postwar society in the United States and Europe, and what its revival implies today. Adinolfi interviewed a number of exotica greats, and Mondo Exotica incorporates material from his interviews with Martin Denny, Esquivel, the Italian film composers Piero Piccioni and Piero Umiliani, and others. It begins with an extended look at the postwar popularity of exotica in the United States. Adinolfi describes how American bachelors and suburbanites embraced the Polynesian god Tiki as a symbol of escape and sexual liberation; how Les Baxter’s album Ritual of the Savage (1951) ushered in the exotica music craze; and how Martin Denny’s Exotica built on that craze, hitting number one in 1957. Adinolfi chronicles the popularity of performers from Yma Sumac, “the Peruvian Nightingale,” to Esquivel, who was described by Variety as “the Mexican Duke Ellington,” to the chanteuses Eartha Kitt, Julie London, and Ann-Margret. He explores exotica’s many sub-genres, including mood music, crime jazz, and spy music. Turning to Italy, he reconstructs the postwar years of la dolce vita, explaining how budget spy films, spaghetti westerns, soft-core porn movies, and other genres demonstrated an attraction to the foreign. Mondo Exotica includes a discography of albums, compilations, and remixes.

Mass Culture And Italian Society From Fascism To The Cold War

Author: David Forgacs
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253219485
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Mass Culture And Italian Society From Fascism To The Cold War from the Author: David Forgacs. From the 1930s to the 50s in Italy commercial cultural products were transformed by new reproductive technologies and ways of marketing and distribution, and the appetite for radio, films, music and magazines boomed. This book uses new evidence to explore possible continuities between the uses of mass culture before and after World War II.

Brazilian Art Under Dictatorship

Author: Claudia Calirman
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822351536
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Brazilian Art Under Dictatorship from the Author: Claudia Calirman. Brazilian Art under Dictatorshipis a sophisticated analysis the intersection of the visual arts and politics during the most repressive years of Brazil's military regime, from 1968 until 1975. Raised in Rio de Janeiro during the dictatorship, the curator and art historian Claudia Calirman describes how Brazilian visual artists directly addressed the political situation and opened up the local art scene to new international trends, such as performance, media-based art, and conceptualism. Focusing on innovative art forms infused with a political undercurrent, Calirman emphasizes the desire among Brazilian artists to reconcile new modes of art-making with a concern for local politics. She examines the work and careers of three major artists of the period, Artur Barrio, Antonio Manuel, and Cildo Meireles. Calirman explores the ways that they negotiated the competing demands of Brazilian politics and the international art scene, the efficacy of their political critiques, and their impact on Brazilian art and culture. She suggests that the art of the late 1960s and early 1970s represented not just the artists' concerns with politics, but also their anxieties about overstepping the boundaries of artistic expression itself.

Poe In Der Musik

Author: Gregor Herzfeld
Publisher: Waxmann Verlag
ISBN: 3830979231
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Poe In Der Musik from the Author: Gregor Herzfeld. Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) gilt nicht nur als der Vater der Horror-, Fantasy- und Kriminalliteratur, er war auch ein überaus musikaffiner Dichter, der zahlreiche Spuren in der Musikgeschichte hinterlassen hat. Bereits wenige Jahre nach seinem Tod begannen Komponisten, sich mit seinen Texten zu beschäftigen und die Faszination hält bis heute an. Die Bandbreite an Formen und Kontexten dieser Auseinandersetzung ist ausgesprochen groß: Sie reicht von populären Salonballaden des 19. Jahrhunderts über Sinfonische Dichtungen, Ballette und Opern der Jahrhundertwende bis hin zu aktuellen Musicals und Heavy-Metal-Alben. Dieser Versalität in der Allianz 'Poe und Musik' geht Gregor Herzfeld erstmals in umfassender und systematischer Weise nach. Dabei widmet sich seine Studie ebenso bekannten Stücken wie Sergej Rachmaninoffs Kantate Die Glocken oder dem Konzeptalbum Tales of Mystery and Imagination von The Alan Parsons Project, wie sie kaum bekannte, vergessene Kostbarkeiten zu Tage fördert. So gelingt es, immer neue Facetten des Wechselverhältnisses von Musik und Sprache in den Blick zu nehmen. Gregor Herzfeld (geb. 1975) studierte Musikwissenschaft und Philosophie in Heidelberg, wo er 2006 nach seinem Magisterabschluss mit der Studie Zeit als Prozess und Epiphanie in der experimentellen amerikanischen Musik. Charles Ives bis La Monte Young (erschienen als Beiheft 60 zum Archiv für Musikwissenschaft, Stuttgart 2007) promovierte. Im Ausland forschte er an der Yale University, der Johns Hopkins University und an der Paul Sacher Stiftung Basel. Stipendien erhielt er von der Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung und vom DAAD. 2012 erfolgte mit 'Poe in der Musik' die Habilitation im Fach Musikwissenschaft an der Freien Universität Berlin, wo er derzeit als Privatdozent lehrt und forscht.

Sleazoid Express

Author: Bill Landis
Publisher: Touchstone
ISBN: 9780743215831
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Sleazoid Express from the Author: Bill Landis. Warning: Watch your wallets and stay out of the bathroom! In a bygone era, when Times Square was crammed with porn shops, gun stores, and drug pushers, disenfranchised moviegoers flocked to the grindhouses along 42nd Street. If the gore epics, women-in-prison films, and shockumentaries showcased within their mildewed walls didn't live up to their outrageous billing, the audience shouted, threw food, and even vandalized the theaters. For dedicated lovers of extreme cinema, buying a movie ticket on the Deuce meant putting your life on the line. Authors Bill Landis and Michelle Clifford came to know those grindhouses better than anyone else, and although the theaters were gone by the mid-1980s, the films remained. In Sleazoid Express, Landis and Clifford reproduce what no home video can -- the experience of watching an exploitation film in its original fight-for-your-life Deuce setting. Both a travelogue of the infamous grindhouses of yore and a comprehensive overview of the sleaze canon, Sleazoid Express offers detailed reviews of landmark exploitation classics and paints intimate portraits of directors whose notorious creations played the back end of triple bills for years on end. With wit, intelligence, and an unflinching eye, Landis and Clifford offer the definitive document of cinema's most intense and shocking moments as they came to life at a legendary place.

The View From Vesuvius

Author: Nelson J. Moe
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520939820
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The View From Vesuvius from the Author: Nelson J. Moe. The vexed relationship between the two parts of Italy, often referred to as the Southern Question, has shaped that nation's political, social, and cultural life throughout the twentieth century. But how did southern Italy become "the south," a place and people seen as different from and inferior to the rest of the nation? Writing at the rich juncture of literature, history, and cultural theory, Nelson Moe explores how Italy's Mezzogiorno became both backward and picturesque, an alternately troubling and fascinating borderland between Europe and its others. This finely crafted book shows that the Southern Question is far from just an Italian issue, for its origins are deeply connected to the formation of European cultural identity between the mid-eighteenth and late nineteenth centuries. Moe examines an exciting range of unfamiliar texts and visual representations including travel writing, political discourse, literary texts, and etchings to illuminate the imaginative geography that shaped the divide between north and south. His narrative moves from a broad examination of the representation of the south in European culture to close readings of the literary works of Leopardi and Giovanni Verga. This groundbreaking investigation into the origins of the modern vision of the Mezzogiorno is made all the more urgent by the emergence of separatism in Italy in the 1990s.

Immoral Tales

Author: Cathal Tohill
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312135195
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Immoral Tales from the Author: Cathal Tohill. During the 1960s abd '70s, the European horror film went totally crazy. It began to go kinky--creating a new type of cinema that blended eroticism and terror. Immoral Tales illuminates an entire world of sexy, gory, arty and sleazy films that are only now gaining recognition in the U.S. Photos, many in color.

Casta Painting

Author: Ilona Katzew
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300109719
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Casta Painting from the Author: Ilona Katzew. Casta painting is a distinctive Mexican genre that portrays racial mixing among the Indians, Spaniards & Africans who inhabited the colony, depicted in sets of consecutive images. Ilona Katzew places this art form in its social & historical context.

Popular Italian Cinema

Author: Louis Bayman
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 0230300162
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Popular Italian Cinema from the Author: Louis Bayman. From the origins of the silent feature film and the creation of the star system, Italy has been at the forefront of the development of cinema as a mass phenomenon. Popular Italian genre films were among the most internationally successful Italian films ever, inundating the cinemas of Latin America and the Middle East as well as serving as B-movies in theatres across the United Kingdom and America. Cinema played a central role in Italian life, promoting Italian fashion and music and forming a key concern politically. Yet Italian cinema, like that of other European countries, is best known academically as a source of films for the international arthouse circuit. This book seeks to reassess this imbalance by bringing together some of the most innovative and distinguished scholarship in the field for a comprehensive examination of how "the popular" works in Italian cinema, from opera to the missionary film to sex comedies.