Federico Vitella

The Star-Question and Star-Building. The Star-Entrance in Post-World War II Italian Cinema

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This article explores the major textual strategies devoted to star-building in post-World War II Italian cinema. In particular, the article focuses on star-entrance, that expressive trope where stars are given particular attention in film, in order to provide movie fans with a moment of distinctive spectacle and to introduce properly the character they will play in the story. The close examination of a sample of star-entrances, taken from a representative sample of star-vehicles, shows patterns of continuity and discontinuity on the narrative, stylistic and rhetorical levels that justify a first rough model: there are early star-entrances (low delayers), which immediately yield to the spectator’s desire for reward, relying either on surprise or suspense effect; and there are late star-entrances (high delayers), which, at the risk of frustrating audience expectations, defer the pleasure of recognition with more complex and potentially gratifying procedures


  • Stardom
  • Star-vehicle
  • Fandom
  • Italian Film History
  • Film Analysis


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