Dan Schneider Video Interview with Peter Bondanella and Frank Burke, recorded on October 4, 2016 #78- On Federico Fellini from Dan Schneider
'The most exciting aspect of Bondanella’s work is, in fact, his inextinguishable faith in the power of reason and systematization which reminds us in a nostalgic way of methods and choices inspired by respect and harmony.’ Federico Fellini
Sad news has reached Film Studies For Free of the death of Italian cinema and culture scholar Peter Bondanella on May 28th. Bondanella was Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature, Film Studies and Italian at Indiana University. He made many essential contributions to his fields during a career that spanned over four decades, most notably for our discipline, perhaps, his foundational volume Italian Cinema: From Neorealism to the Present, first published in 1983, and his later reworked version of that book A History of Italian Cinema (2010).
FSFF marks Bondanella's brilliant career as well as his passing by rounding up some links to online works about him (including Gino Moliterno's wonderful obituary), as well as by him (including his magnificent recent contribution to the above embedded conversation about Fellini - who earlier had very nice things to say about Bondanella's own work, unsurprisingly).
As further tributes to Bondanella go online, these will be added below.
By Peter Bondanella
- 'Federico Fellini: A Life in Cinema' - excerpt, The Films of Federico Fellini (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002)
- 'Amacord', The Criterion Collection: Notes, November 22, 1999
- Excerpt from Umberto Eco and the Open Text: Semiotics, Fiction, Popular Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2005)
About Peter Bondanella
- Gino Moliterno, 'Addio A Peter Bondanella (1943-2017)', ACIS: Australasian Centre for Italian Studies website, June 5, 2017
- Nick Riddle, 'Renaissance Man', Indiana University Research and Creative Activity, April 2000 Volume XXIII Number 1
- Vincent Tocce, 'Respecting Rossellini: On Peter Bondanella, The Films of Roberto Rossellini', Film-Philosophy, 2.1, 1998
- Niall Flynn, 'The Italian Cinema Book edited by Peter Bondanella', LSE Review of Books, 2013
- Giacomo Boitani, 'Neorealist Cinema and Post-Neorealist Cinema', KINEMA,