Beyond the Latin Lover

Beyond the Latin Lover

Marcello Mastroianni, Masculinity, and Italian Cinema
Jacqueline Reich
Distribution: World
Publication date: 03/19/2004
Format: Paperback 42 b&w photos, 1 bibliog., 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-21644-1
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Marcello Mastroianni is considered by many to be the epitome of the Latin lover, the consummate symbol of Italian masculinity. In Beyond the Latin Lover, Jacqueline Reich unmasks the reality behind the myth. In her investigation of many of Mastroianni’s most famous characters in Italian cinema, she reveals that beneath the image of hyper-masculinity lies the figure of the inetto, the Italian schlemiel at odds with and out of place in a rapidly changing world. Diverse roles throughout his career—the impotent man, the cuckold, and the unruly woman’s victim, among others—present an anti-hero caught in traditional but increasingly unsteady modes of masculinity. Far from being a study of just one Italian film star, however, Reich’s work demonstrates that Mastroianni’s inetto is a reflection of the unstable political, social, and sexual climate of post-war Italy and its constantly shifting gender roles.

Author Bio

Jacqueline Reich, Associate Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, is co-editor of Re-viewing Fascism (IUP, 2002).

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Table of Contents

1. In the beginning: Mastroianni, Masculinity and Italian Cinema
2. Undressing the Latin Lover: La dolce vita, Fashion and Italian Masculinity
3. Masculinity, Sicilian Style: Il bell'Antonio and Divorce - Italian Style
4. "Remember, It's a Comedy:" Mastroianni in the Films of Federico Fellini
5. The Inetto versus the Unruly Woman: Mastroianni and Sophia Loren
6. Remembrance of Films Past: Mastroianni and the Aging Male Body