Europe and Love in Cinema explores the relationship between love and Europeanness in a wide range of films from the 1920s to the present. A critical look at the manner in which love—in its broadest sense—is portrayed in cinema from across Europe and the United States, this volume exposes constructed notions of "Europeanness" that both set Europe apart and define some parts of it as more "European" than others. Through the international distribution process, these films in turn engage with ideas of Europe from both outside and within, while some, treated extensively in this volume, even offer alternative models of love. A bracing collection of essays from top film scholars, Europe and Love in Cinema demonstrates the centrality of desire to film narrative and explores multiple models of love within Europe's frontiers.
Luisa Passerini is professor of cultural history and cofounder of the Interdepartmental Centre for Women's Studies at the University of Turin.
Jo Labanyi is professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and director of the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at New York University.
Karen Diehl earned a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence and now works in film.
Part One: Disciplinary and Historical Contexts
Chapter 1: Cinema and Academia: Of Objects of Love and Objects of Study– Thomas Elsaesser
Chapter 2: For Love or Money: Transnational Developments in European Cinema in the 1920s – Andrew Higson
Chapter 3: Love beyond the Nation: Cosmopolitanism and Transational Desire in Cinema – Tim Bergfelder
Part Two: Impossible Loves
Chapter 4: Love in two British films of the late silent period: Hindle Wakes (Maurice Elvey, 1927) and Piccadilly (E.A. Dupont, 1929) – Laura Mulvey
Chapter 5: La dame de Malacca or Eurocentrism’s dream of omnipotence – Luisa Passerini
Chapter 6: Love and colonial ambivalence in Spanish Africanist cinema of the early Franco dictatorship – Jo Labanyi
Part Three: Movements in Time-Space
Chapter 7: The love-lives of others: reconstructing German national identity in postwar and post-unification cinema – Seán Allan
Chapter 8: Exiled memories: transnational memoryscapes in recent French cinema – Liliana Ellena
Chapter 9: Migration, attachment, belonging: filming the Mediterranean in Spain and Italy – Enrica Capussotti
Part Four: Cultural Reinscriptions
Chapter 10: Luis Buñuel and explosive love in southern Europe – Luisa Accati
Chapter 11: Love and belonging in Western – Lucy Mazdon
Chapter 12: A conflicted passion: European film – Karen Diehl
'Rewarding and invigorating' – Necsus, Fiona Handyside