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What is "commedia dell'arte"?

"A popular form of comedy employing improvised dialogue and masked characters that flourished in Italy from the 16th to the 18th [century]."

"Commedia dell'arte." The Columbia Encyclopedia. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013. Credo Reference. Web. 03 April 2013.


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Hollywood and the American Historical Film - J. E. Smyth (Editor)
Call Number: PN1995.9.H5H63 2012
ISBN: 023023092X
Publication Date: 2012-02-15
"This definitive interdisciplinary collection by leading scholars probes the theoretical and historical contexts of films made about the American past, from silent film to the present. The book offers a fresh assessment of studio era historical filmmaking and its legacy across a range of genres."

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