Futurism and early cinema shared a fascination with dynamic movement and speed, presenting both as harbingers of an emerging new way of life and new aesthetic criteria. And the Futurists quickly latched on to cinema as a device with great potential to manipulate our perceptions in order to create a new world. In the edited collection Futurist Cinema, Rossella Catanese explores that conjunction, bringing in avant-garde artists and their manifestos to show how painters and other artists turned to cinema as a model for overcoming the inherently static nature of painting in order to rethink it for a new era.
Rossella Catanese PhD, Sapienza University of Rome. Tutor of the MA in Digital Audiovisual Restoration at Sapienza, with the partnership of Cineteca Nazionale and Cinecittà Luce. Teacher at Lorenzo de' Medici (University of North Carolina's Florence branch). Published essays about film restoration, avant-garde, silent film and cinema studies.