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The Techne of GivingCinema and the Generous Form of Life$
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Timothy C. Campbell

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823273256

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823273256.001.0001

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“Dead Weight”: Visconti and Forms of Life

“Dead Weight”: Visconti and Forms of Life

(p.61) 3 “Dead Weight”: Visconti and Forms of Life
The Techne of Giving

Timothy C. Campbell

Fordham University Press

In this chapter, the first of three dedicated to films from post–World War II Italy, Luchino Visconti’s The Earth Trembles becomes the locus for a reflection on the relation among gesture, generosity, and landscape. The visual weight of the Cyclops Islands as destiny in the film’s frame is noted along with the difference in how members of the Valastri family touch and hold objects, especially the women of the household. An affinity between how objects are held on screen and how the spectator is urged to hold what she sees on screen is discussed, along with the importance of the long shot in Visconti’s aesthetic realism as a mode of creating attention.

Keywords:   anthropomorphic cinema, Bazin, Mancus, milieu, The Earth Trembles, Visconti

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