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Giannalberto Bendazzi
Giannalberto Bendazzi, currently an indipendent scholar, is a former Visiting Professor of History of Animation at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and a former professor at the Università degli Studi di Milano.
Bendazzi started his career as a journalist and always was an independent, self-funded scholar. He turned to full-time academic teaching by the end of the 1990s and has lectured extensively in all continents.
An Italian by birth, Bendazzi’s best efforts are devoted to international projects. An acclaimed author in his sphere, his best known book is Cartoons: 100 Years of Cinema Animation (Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1994), a world history of the medium published in Italian, English, French, Spanish and Persian. Bendazzi also wrote Alexeieff – Itinéraire d’un maître / Itinerary of a Master (Paris: Dreamland, 2001 in English and French), devoted to the famous auteur of avant-garde short films.
Bendazzi‘s prolific written works include live-action cinema, especially comedy, as shown by his books The Films of Woody Allen (Fabbri, 1984) and Mel Brooks (Il Formichiere, 1977). His principal passion and dedication remain animation.
In order to promote this medium Bendazzi writes books, retrospectives, articles, essays, contributes to and participates in festivals, delivers lectures, classes and so on. Giannalberto Bendazzi does not love animation as a collector loves his stamps or a fan loves his football team. He deeply admires this art that has always been underestimated, or even neglected, and therefore deserves a special praise.


When does animation
history begin?

Let’s focus on cinema animation without taking into consideration other forms and other media (for instance the fireworks): I maintain that there is a differenc...

How did you get
interested in animation?

I fell in love with film and its language when I was very young. I was curious and asked many questions to myself. What visual language could be more free than ...

Is it true that you
don’t like Walt Disney?

Just the opposite: I adore Walt Disney. Without him we wouldn’t have animation at all. Without his experiments we would have a very poor visual and musical lang...

What is
your education?

I have an MA in law, but never was a lawyer. As an animation specialist, I had masters, not professors. People whom I admired, and whose example and opinions we...

Is it true that you don’t
like the research in the libraries?

No, it’s not true. As a scholar I did little research in the libraries only because few contracts, letters, newspapers witness the facts of such a neglected pro...

Did you ever make
animated films?

I made some experiments in my twenties, and they were far from encouraging. Then I realised that writing animation history and criticism was creative and reward...

Familiarity with Giorgio Vasari...

Giorgio Vasari was better than me – and Michelangelo, Raphael and the others were greater than my animators… Having said that, it is true that I mingled with an...


Twice the First: Quirino Cristiani and the Animated Feature Film now available

Twice the First
A look back at the modest beginnings of feature film animation.
An exciting account of some facts never revealed in the history and development of animated feature film. Among the fascinating information the reader can learn from this book, is that not all the action in cinematography took place in North America and Western Europe.
This book provides an important service in documenting the early period of animation and filling in the gaps in the history of the development of animation.
Giannalberto Bendazzi brings to light some of the lost relics of animation history with his new book, Twice the First: Quirino Cristiani and the Animated Feature Film. This book particularly emphasizes the contributions of Quirino Cristiani and how his work influenced other animators. Bendazzi provides in-depth coverage about Cristiani’s life, both professionally and personally. Twice the First takes the reader on an exciting journey through the historical development of animation through the eyes of Quirino Cristiani.
CRC Press – 171 pages – 45 £.


Is now available Fantasmagoria – A century (and beyond) of animation – edited by Davide Giurlando. It's very nice and contain amon other essays “Jirì Brdecka, regista di film d’animazione”, writed by Giannalberto Bendazzi.

Jiří Brdečka: Life Animation Magic

Limonádový Joe just published Jiří Brdečka: Life Animation Magic, containing essays of Giannalberto Bendazzi, Tereza Brdečková, Jiří Kubiček (Prague 2016, pp. 203)

Animation – A World History

Animation - A world history
Animation – A World History is now available. It is a three-tome, 1456 page, CRC Press (Taylor and Francis Group) hardbound book, ISBN 113894307X, 9781138943070.

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