Highly Commended, Moving Image Book Award

Italian Silent CinemaItalian Silent Cinema: A Reader edited by Giorgio Bertellini (John Libbey & Co Ltd)

This volume addresses a key, yet long understudied area in film history—the universe of Italian silent cinema. With thirty essays written by leading scholars in the field and featuring over 150 illustrations, the Reader brings into focus individual film companies, stars and genres, places the Italian production of dramas, comedies, serials, newsreels, and avant-garde works in dialogue with international film culture, and introduces scholars and students alike to a wealth of films, archival documents, and critical research.

Italian Silent CinemaTop image: © Museo Nazionale del Cinema (Turin)
Leopoldo Metlicovitz, poster for Il fuoco (The Fire, Itala Film, 1915) directed by Piero Fosco [Giovanni Pastrone]

Bottom image: © Museo Nazionale del Cinema (Turin)
Leopoldo Metlicovitz (1868-1944), Eruzione Etna, lithographic poster (1914), Off. C. Ricordi & C (Milan), for Cabiria (Itala Film, 1914).