Nancy Savoca: An Appreciation

Carol Bonomo Jennngs and Christine Palamidessi Moore

in American Woman, Italian Style

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780823231751
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241286 | DOI:
Nancy Savoca: An Appreciation

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Savoca's film provocatively explores the social forces and pressures from both family and friends that can lock the sexes in constant battle. In True Love, men and women exist on different wavelengths: the more women crave stability and responsibility, the more the men shy away from it. Yet Savoca does not limit her treatment of gender difference to the film's diegesis. Savoca's latest offering, Household Saints, is her most artistically innovative. Her films tenderly and gently examine this fusion of Italian and American, conjuring up deeply evocative tales and images of Italian Americana. The characters who populate her films are authentic and real people, seen from within rather than from without.

Keywords: Nancy Savoca; film; gender difference; women; Italian Americana; men

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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