An unstable body: The cinema of Antonietta De Lillo
Author: Tabanelli, Roberta
Source: Studies in European Cinema, Volume 8, Number 2, January 2012 , pp. 89-100(12)
Abstract:This article examines the work of contemporary Neapolitan film-maker Antonietta De Lillo. After an overview of the director's career and her technical and stylistic approaches to film-making, I will closely analyse two of her short works: the documentary I promessi sposi/The Betrothed (1993) and the fictional Maruzzella – one of the five episodes in the collective I vesuviani/The Vesuvians (1997). I argue that bodies and gender in De Lillo's cinema 'depart' from the self, the (gendered) gaze of the camera and the look of the spectator. My analysis aims to highlight the technical, stylistic and narrative components of the two films as well as to provide an interpretative reading of De Lillo's works. Feminist theories will constitute the main guidelines for my interpretation. I have chosen to examine these two shorts because they not only show a superb use of the cinematic apparatus, but also present themes of transsexual and transgender identities not commonly represented in Italian cinema. Although they were made over a decade ago, their topics and cinematic signifiers have not aged and still today they can offer fresh insights into women's film-making.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: University of Missouri
Publication date: January 2012
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