Verbal Montage and Visual Apostrophe: Zanzotto's "Filò" and Fellini's Voce della luna
Abstract

Abstract:

This essay explores how a technique indelibly associated with film, montage, finds a literary mode of expression and how the literary figure of the apostrophe achieves cinematic form. I show how Andrea Zanzotto's Leopardian text "Filò" (1976), written during his collaboration with Federico Fellini on the film Casanova (1976), creates patterns of "verbal montage" that show how poetry can partake of cinematic modes of expression. My subsequent analysis of Fellini's film La voce della luna (1990) considers how the rhetorical figure of apostrophe--and a poet often associated with it, once again Giacomo Leopardi--becomes central to Fellini's critique of postmodern consumer culture.