Italian Americans in the Movies:
A Bibliography of Materials in the UC Berkeley Library












Books
Journal articles

Movies, Race & Ethnicity: From Europe, Scandinavia, and the Middle East for citations to articles and reviews of individual films
Gangster film bibliography for discussions of movies featuring Mafia and other Italian gangster images

Bibliography of books and journal articles on Francis Coppola in the UCB Library
Bibliography of books and journal articles on Martin Scorsese in the UCB Library

Books

Baker, Aaron. Vitullo, Juliann.
"Screening the Italian-American Male." In: Masculinity : bodies, movies, culture / edited by Peter Lehman. pp: 213-26. New York : Routledge, 2001. AFI film readers.
Main Stack PN1995.9.M46.M34 2001

Beyond the margin: readings in Italian Americana
Edited by Paolo A. Giordano and Anthony Julian Tamburri. Madison, N.J. : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c1998.
Main Stack PS153.I8.B495 1998

Bondanella, Peter E.
Hollywood Italians : dagos, palookas, romeos, wise guys, and Sopranos New York : Continuum, 2004.
MAIN: PN1995.9.I73 B66 2004
MOFF: PN1995.9.I73 B66 2004
Table of contents http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip049/2003020663.html

Casella, Paola.
Hollywood Italian : gli italiani nell'America di celluloide / Paola Casella. Milano : Baldini & Castoldi, 1998. Saggi/cinema (Baldini & Castoldi) ; 7.
MainStack PN1995.9.I73.C37 1998

Casillo, Robert.
"Moments in Italian-American Cinema: From Little Caesar to Coppola and Scorsese." In: From the margin : writings in Italian Americana / edited by Anthony Julian Tamburri, Paolo A. Giordano, Fred L. Gardaphe. pp: 374-96. West Lafayette, Ind. : Purdue University Press, c2000.
Main Stack PS508.I73.F76 2000

Chang, Elaine K.
"Spaghetti Eastern: Mutating Mass Culture, Transforming Ethnicity." In: Revisioning Italy : national identity and global culture / Beverly Allen and Mary Russo, editors. pp: 292-313. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1997.
Main Stack DG455.R48 1997

D'Acierno, Pellegrino.
"Cinema Paradiso: The Italian American Presence in American Cinema." In: The Italian American heritage : a companion to literature and arts Pellegrino D'Acierno, editor. New York : Garland Pub., 1999.
MOFF: E184.I8 I675 1999

De Stefano, George
"An offer we can't refuse : the Mafia in the mind of America." New York : Faber and Faber, 2006.
MAIN: HV6446 .D43 2006
PFA : HV6446 .D43 2006
Table of contents http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0513/2005012667.html

Dika, Vera.
"The Representation of Ethnicity in The Godfather." In: Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather trilogy / edited by Nick Browne. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Main Stack PN1997.G56833.F73 2000

Gambino, Richard.
"The Crisis of Italian American Identity." In: Beyond The godfather : Italian American writers on the real Italian American experience / A. Kenneth Ciongoli and Jay Parini, editors. pp: 269-88. Hanover, NH : University Press of New England, c1997.
Main Stack PS153.I8.B49 1997
Moffitt PS153.I8.B49 1997

Gardaphe, Fred L.
From wiseguys to wise men : the gangster and Italian American masculinities New York : Routledge, 2006.
MAIN: PS374.G36 G37 2006
MOFF: PS374.G36 G37 2006
Table of contents http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip067/2006001554.html

Juliani, Richard N.
"The image of the Italian in American film and television." In: Ethnic images in American film and television / edited by Randall M. Miller. Philadelphia: Balch Institute, 1978. Public papers in the humanities ; public paper no. 1
Moffitt PN1995.9.M56.E86

Lawton, Ben.
"America Through Italian/American Eyes: Dream or Nightmare?" In: From the margin : writings in Italian Americana / edited by Anthony Julian Tamburri, Paolo A. Giordano, Fred L. Gardaphe. pp: 397-429. West Lafayette, Ind. : Purdue University Press, c2000.
Main Stack PS508.I73.F76 2000

Lourdeaux, Lee.
Italian and Irish filmmakers in America : Ford, Capra, Coppola, and Scorsese / Lee Lourdeaux. Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1990.
Main Stack PN1995.9.C35.L68 1990
Moffitt PN1995.9.C35.L68 1990

Monte, Joseph L.
"Correcting the image of the Italian in American film and television." In: Ethnic images in American film and television / edited by Randall M. Miller. Philadelphia: Balch Institute, 1978. Public papers in the humanities ; public paper no. 1
Moffitt PN1995.9.M56.E86

Papaleo, Joseph
"Ethnic pictures and ethnic fate: the media image of Italian-Americans." In: Ethnic images in American film and television / edited by Randall M. Miller. Philadelphia: Balch Institute, 1978. Public papers in the humanities ; public paper no. 1
Moffitt PN1995.9.M56.E86

Parenti, Michael
"The Italian-American and the mass media." In: Ethnic images in American film and television / edited by Randall M. Miller. Philadelphia: Balch Institute, 1978. Public papers in the humanities ; public paper no. 1
Moffitt PN1995.9.M56.E86

Parigi, Laura
"The fake Americans of the Italian cinema : a marketing strategy or a strategy for interpretive cooperation?" In: Directed by Allen Smithee / Jeremy Braddock and Stephen Hock, editors ; foreword by Andrew Sarris. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2001. Commerce and mass culture series.
Main Stack PN1995.9.P7.D53 2001

Screening ethnicity : cinematographic representations of Italian Americans in the United States
Edited by Anna Camaiti Hostert, Anthony Julian Tamburri. Boca Raton, FL : Bordighera Press, c2002.
MAIN: PN1995.9.I73 S38 2002

Verdicchio, Pasquale.
"Unholy Manifestations: Cultural Transformation as Hereticism in the Films of De Michiel, Ferrara, Savoca, and Scorsese." In: Adjusting sites : new essays in Italian American studies / edited by William Boelhower and Rocco Pallone. Stony Brook, N.Y. : Forum Italicum, 1999.
Main Stack PS153.I8.A334 1999

West, Rebecca
"From Lapsed to Lost: Scorsese's Boy and Ferrara's Man." In: Beyond the margin : readings in Italian Americana / edited by Paolo A. Giordano and Anthony Julian Tamburri. Madison, N.J. : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c1998.
Main Stack PS153.I8.B495 1998

Woll, Allen L.
"The fate of la famiglia: Italian images in America film." In: The Kaleidoscopic lens : how Hollywood views ethnic groups / edited by Randall M. MillerEnglewood, N.J. : Ozer, c1980
Main Stack PN1995.9.M56.K3
Moffitt PN1995.9.M56.K3

Journal Articles

Bertellini, Giorgio.
"Ethnic Unconscious in the Film Experience of the New York Italian Community, 1907-1915." Nemla Italian Studies. 18:131-48. 1994

Carilli, Theresa.
"Italian/American Performance Style in My Cousin Vinny and Jungle Fever." Via: Voices in Italian Americana. 8(1):33-44. 1997 Spring

Carolan, Mary Ann McDonald.
"Italian American Women as Comic Foils: Exploding the Stereotype in My Cousin Vinny, Moonstruck, and Married to the Mob." Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory. 13(2):155-66. 2002 Apr-June
The stereotypical cinematic presentation of Italian American Women is the bimbo. With their gaudy appearance and shallow personality, the movies My Cousin Vinny, Moonstruck, and Married to The Mob, portray their version of the typical Italian American woman.

Cavallero, Jonathan J.
"Gangsters, Fessos, Tricksters, and Sopranos: The Historical Roots of Italian American Stereotype Anxiety." Journal of Popular Film and Television. 32 (2): 50-63. 2004 Summer.
UC users only
"Throughout the 1930s, Italian characters challenged American ideals while simultaneously being blamed for their failure. Filmmakers and audiences were thus allowed to ponder the subversive challenges such characters posed while distancing themselves from similar thought patterns. Today, understanding the rhetorical use of these characters is essential when evaluating contemporary Italian American visions." [Expanded Academic Index]

CortÚs, Carlos E.
"The History of Ethnic Images in Film: The Search for a Methodology." MELUS, Vol. 11, No. 3, Ethnic Images in Popular Genres and Media. (Autumn, 1984), pp. 63-77.
UC users only

CortÚs, Carlos E.
"Italian-Americans in Film: From Immigrants to Icons." MELUS, Vol. 14, No. 3/4, Italian-American Literature. (Autumn - Winter, 1987), pp. 107-126.
UC users only

Cortes, Carlos E.
"Italian-Americans in Film: From Immigrants to Icons." Melus. 14(3-4):107-126. 1987 Fall-Winter.
UC users only

De Stefano, George.
"Italian-Americans: family lies: Italians as mobsters in American films." Film Comment v. 23 (July/Aug. '87) p. 22-4+.
Includes: Detective and crime films: p. 22-4+; Italians in the United States: p. 22-4+; Discrimination: p. 22-4+. Includes: De Palma, Brian: p. 22; Scorsese, Martin: p. 26.

De Stefano, George.
"Ever since Edward G. Robinson did "Little Caesar", the only Italian-American characters on screen have packed machine guns, molls, cigars, and offers ... you know the rest. George De Stefano Film Comment 23:4 (1987:July/Aug.) 22

De Stefano, George.
"Ungood Fellas." (the Mafia and Italian-American - as seen in popular entertainment) The Nation Feb 7, 2000 v270 i5 p31 (2029 words)

Golden, Daniel
"Pasta Or Paradigm: The Place Of Italian-American Women In Popular Film." Explorations in Ethnic Studies 2:1 (1979:Jan.) 3

Golway, Terry
"Italian Americans are making it clear that they are fed up with the culture's cartoon-like treatment of their lives." (Brief Article)(Column) . America March 27, 1999 v180 i10 p6(1)

Guglielmo, Thomas
"The Forgotten Enemy: Wartime Representations of Italians in American Popular Culture, 1941-1945. Italian Americana, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 5-22, Winter 2000

Lawton, Ben.
"What Is 'Italian American' Cinema?" Via: Voices in Italian Americana. 6(1):27-51. 1995 Spring

Marino, Jim.
"'I Wanted to Be a Good American': The Godfather Paradox." Via: Voices in Italian Americana. 9(1):17-28. 1998 Spring

Roulston, Helen H.
"Opera in gangster movies: from Capone to Coppola." (Al Capone, Francis Ford Coppola) Journal of Popular Culture v32, n1 (Summer, 1998):99 (1 page).
UC users only
The stereotypical attitude of Americans towards Italian gangsters, Italian opera and foreigners are depicted in a number of movies. A prime exception to the anti-opera attitude was the popularity of Italian tenor Enrico Caruso who was adored by gangsters such as Big Jim Colosimo and Al Capone. Among the most popular movies dealing with gangsters and the opera are Francis Ford Coppola's 'Godfather' series which used operatic elements such as arias, duets and trios.

Ruberto, Laura E.
"Where Did the Goodfellas Learn to Cook? Gender, Labor, and the Italian American Experience." Italian Americana, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 164-76, Summer 2003

Russo, John Paul. Corrente, Michael. Reich, Jacqueline. Giles, Paul. Casillo, Robert.
"Italian American Filmmakers." Italian Americana. 13(1):5-23. 1995 Winter

Sautman, Francesca Canade.
"Women of the Shadows: Italian American Women, Ethnicity and Racism in American Cinema." Differentia: Review of Italian Thought. 6-7:219-46. 1994 Spring-Autumn

Tamburri, Anthony Julian
"Beyond "pizza" and "nonna"! Or, what's bad about Italian/American criticism? Further directions for Italian/American cultural studies" (1). MELUS Fall 2003 v28 i3 p149(27) (10152 words)
UC users only
"Tamburri comments on criticism of Italian/American literature. Among others, he cites that critical theory, in the hands of today's well-informed reader, has the potential to cast aside the old lens of the monolith and reconsider Italian/American literature through a more prismatic lens that allows us to see ethnicity as it has changed over the decades and across generations." [ProQuest]

Tomasulo, Frank P.
"Italian Americans in the Hollywood Cinema: Filmmakers, Characters, Audiences." Via: Voices in Italian Americana. 7(1):65-77. 1996

Verdicchio, Pasquale.
"'If I Was Six Feet Tall, I Would Have Been Italian': Spike Lee's Guineas." Differentia: Review of Italian Thought. 6-7:177-91. 1994 Spring-Autumn

Vigliotti, Cynthia L.; Vivo, Gianna; Attardo, Salvatore; and Brown-Clark, Sarah.
"Stereotyping Ethnicity: The Ideology Of Filmic Representations Of Italian Americans And African Americans." Proceedings Of The American Italian Historical Association 1999 30: 218-226.
"Discusses stereotypical representations of Italian Americans and African Americans in film as "noble savages" to assert that while cinematic portrayals of African Americans have improved since the "Blaxpoitation" movies of the 1970's, the depiction of Italian Americans as "violent, sexual, (and) animalistic" persisted into the late 20th century. The article traces the function of "the noble savage" image in literature and speculates on reasons why Italian American directors Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorcese seem to reinforce negative "Anglo stereotyping" of Italian Americans in their films, suggesting the directors are ambivalent about their own ethnicity and that the "gangster" image represents "anti-assimilation efforts" and resistance to cultural erasure." [America History and Life]






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