Giorgio Bertellini


On his book Italy in Early American Cinema: Race, Landscape, and the Picturesque

Cover Interview of March 23, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“The aesthetic of racial difference on the cusp of modernity.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Western, gangster, and melodramatic films deployed the picturesque tradition of ‘agreeable pictures’ to idealize—to Americanize, that is—‘agreeable races.’”

On the second:

“A historiographical consideration of larger geopolitical occurrences reveals films’ expressive, ideological, and commercial debts to a host of other representational practices.”