Re-viewing Fascism: Italian Cinema, 1922-1943

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Jacqueline Reich, Piero Garofalo
Indiana University Press, 7 мая 2002 г. - Всего страниц: 384

When Benito Mussolini proclaimed that "Cinema is the strongest weapon," he was telling only half the story. In reality, very few feature films during the Fascist period can be labeled as propaganda. Re-viewing Fascism considers the many films that failed as "weapons" in creating cultural consensus and instead came to reflect the complexities and contradictions of Fascist culture. The volume also examines the connection between cinema of the Fascist period and neorealism—ties that many scholars previously had denied in an attempt to view Fascism as an unfortunate deviation in Italian history. The postwar directors Luchino Visconti, Roberto Rossellini, and Vittorio de Sica all had important roots in the Fascist era, as did the Venice Film Festival. While government censorship loomed over Italian filmmaking, it did not prevent frank depictions of sexuality and representations of men and women that challenged official gender policies. Re-viewing Fascism brings together scholars from different cultural and disciplinary backgrounds as it offers an engaging and innovative look into Italian cinema, Fascist culture, and society.


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Mussolini at the Movies Fascism Film and Culture
Dubbing LArte Muta Poetic Layerings around Italian Cinemas Transition to Sound
Intimations of Neorealism in the Fascist Ventennio
Placing Cinema Fascism and the Nation in a Diagram of Italian Modernity
Fascism Cinema and Sexuality
Sex in the Cinema Regulation and Transgression in Italian Films 19301943
Luchino Viscontis Homosexual Ossessione
Ways of Looking in Black and White Female Spectatorship and the Miscegenational Body in Sotto la croce del sud
Seeing Red The Soviet Influence on Italian Cinema in the Thirties
Theatricality and Impersonation The Politics of Style in the Cinema of the Italian Fascist Era
Shopping for Autarchy Fascism and Reproductive Fantasy in Mario Camerinis Grandi magazzini
The Last Film Festival The Venice Biennale Goes to War
Film Stars and Society in Fascist Italy
Selected Bibliography

Fascism and Cinema in Contexts

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Jacqueline Reich is Assistant Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Piero Garofalo is Assistant Professor of Italian at the University of New Hampshire.

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