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Taviani, Paolo & Vittorio (Subjects); Cuccu, Lorenzo (Author) & Other Contributors. THE CINEMA OF PAOLO AND VITTORIO TAVIANI: NATURE, CULTURE, AND HISTORY REVEALED BY TWO TUSCAN MASTERS. Rome, Italy: GREMESE Editore, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 160 pages. Fine/Fine.

Book-length appreciation and appraisal of subjects. Now considered a contemporary film classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The GREMESE Editore Edition was published simultaneously in Italian-, French-, and English-language Editions. Presents the single most thorough study and loving homage to the cinema of Vittorio and Paolo Taviani, the brothers who have worked together as co-filmmakers on some of the greatest films ever made of the 20th century. They have produced at least two full-fledged masterpieces, "Padre Padrone" ("My Father, My Master") and "La Notte di San Lorenzo" (known in the English-speaking world as "The Night of the Shooting Stars"), which have not only endured but prevailed in the sense that the Taviani Brothers' deliberate, rigorous, and austere post-Neo-Realism style (so "un-Italian", as some critics have noted, for their restraint and understated drama) remains the central style of all great European film-making (instead of Fellini's more flamboyant - but genuinely great - film style) today. "Here is the complete oeuvre of two bashful, talented artisans, recognized as pioneers of a uniquely intense cinema. A selection of highquality essays, brought together and complemented by some of the most beautiful images" (Publisher's blurb). A portrait of Italian film craftsmen as geniuses, this is a "must-have" title for Paolo and Vittorio Taviani collectors as well as all cinephiles. This in an Import title, was not distributed in the United States, and is now highly collectible. This is one of few copeis of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in especially fien condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Most copies available online have serious flaws. A scarce copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with stunning images from the films and on location. Two of the greatest living film artists. A fine copy. . ISBN 8873014666. $70.00

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