Überblick:Buchrückseite Nino Rota is one of the most important composers in the history of cinema. Both popular and prolific he wrote some of the most cherished and memorable of all film music – for The Godfather Parts I and II The Leopard the Zeffirelli Shakespeares nearly all of Fellini and for more than 140 popular Italian movies. Yet his music does not quite work in the way that we have come to assume music in film works: it does not seek to draw us in and identify nor to overwhelm and excite us. In itself in its pretty but reticent melodies its at once comic and touching rhythms and in its relation to what's on screen Rota's music is close and affectionate towards characters and events but still restrained not detached but ironically attached.In this major new study of Rota's film career Richard Dyer gives a detailed account of Rota's aesthetic suggesting it offers a new approach to how we understand both film music and feeling and film more broadly. He also provides a first full account in English of Rota's life and work linking it to notions of plagiarism and pastiche genre and convention irony and narrative. Rota's practice is related to some of the major ways music is used in film including the motif musical reference underscoring and the difference between diegetic and non-diegetic music revealing how Rota both conforms to and undermines standard conceptions. In addition Dyer considers the issue of gay cultural production Rota's favourte genre comedy and his productive collaboration with the director Federico Fellini. Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende RICHARD DYER is Professor of Film Studies at King's College London UK. He is the author of Stars (1979; 1998); Heavenly Bodies: Film Stars and Society (1987; 2004); Now You See It: Historical Studies in Lesbian and Gay Film (1990; 2003); Only Entertainment (1992; 2002); The Matter of Images: Essays on Representations (1993; 2002); volumes on Brief Encounter (1993) and Seven (1999) in the BFI Film Classics series; White (1999); The Culture of Queers (2002) and Pastiche (2006).