Europe and Love in Cinema

Edited by Luisa Passerini, Jo Labanyi, and Karen Diehl

Edited by Luisa Passerini, Jo Labanyi, and Karen Diehl

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

281 pages | 40 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2012
Paper $28.50 ISBN: 9781841503790 Published April 2012

Europe and Love in Cinema explores the relationship between love and Europeanness in a wide range of films from the 1920s to the present. A critical look at the manner in which love—in its broadest sense—is portrayed in cinema from across Europe and the United States, this volume exposes constructed notions of "Europeanness" that both set Europe apart and define some parts of it as more "European" than others. Through the international distribution process, these films in turn engage with ideas of Europe from both outside and within, while some, treated extensively in this volume, even offer alternative models of love. A bracing collection of essays from top film scholars, Europe and Love in Cinema demonstrates the centrality of desire to film narrative and explores multiple models of love within Europe's frontiers.

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Part I—Disciplinary and historical contexts
1. Cinema and academia: of objects of love and objects of study
      Thomas Elsaesser
2. For love or money: transnational developments in European cinema in the 1920s
      Andrew Higson
3. Love beyond the nation: cosmopolitanism and transnational desire in cinema
      Tim Bergfelder
Part II—Impossible loves
4. Love in two British films of the late silent period: Hindle Wakes (Maurice Elvey, 1927) and Piccadilly (E.A. Dupont, 1929)
      Laura Mulvey
5. La dame de Malacca or Eurocentrism's dream of omnipotence
      Luisa Passerini
6. Love and colonial ambivalence in Spanish Africanist cinema of the early Franco dictatorship
      Jo Labanyi
Part III—Movements in time-space
7. The love-lives of others: reconstructing German national identity in postwar and post-unification cinema
      Seán Allan
8. Exiled memories: transnational memoryscapes in recent French cinema
      Liliana Ellena
9. Migration, attachment, belonging: filming the Mediterranean in Spain and Italy
      Enrica Capussotti
Part IV—Cultural re-inscriptions
10. Luis Buñuel and explosive love in southern Europe
      Luisa Accati
11. Love and belonging in Western
      Lucy Mazdon
12. A conflicted passion: European film
      Karen Diehl

Notes on contributors
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