Journal Article (Refereed)
Beyond the Shadows of Simulacra: Cinematic Visions of the Italian Postmodern in Giuseppe Tornatore's Stanno tutti bene / Everybody's Fine
Hope, W 2007, 'Beyond the Shadows of Simulacra: Cinematic Visions of the Italian Postmodern in Giuseppe Tornatore's Stanno tutti bene / Everybody's Fine ', The International Journal of the Humanities, 5(2), pp.231-237.
In 'Stanno tutti bene', his follow-up to 'Cinema Paradiso', Tornatore uses the road movie genre to outline the progressive objectification of the individual and the commodification of society that constitute Italy's socio-economic reality at the end of the 20th century. Through the journey of Matteo Scuro, a retired Sicilian civil servant, across the Italian mainland to visit his sons and daughters, the film uses a range of emotional and intellectual strategies to represent the excesses of postmodern society. Evoking Baudrillard's dystopic vision of a society of images, the film traces the genesis of these pernicious social, cultural, and economic values back to the materialist ideals espoused by bourgeois individuals like Matteo, a value system with which his offspring ¿ now absorbed by the market forces of Italy's late-capitalist society ¿ were inculcated from birth.
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