Re-viewing Fascism: Italian Cinema, 1922-1943

Forsideomslag
Jacqueline Reich, Piero Garofalo
Indiana University Press, 2002 - 368 sider

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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Indhold

Dubbing LArte Muta Poetic Layerings around
30
Intimations of Neorealism in the Fascist
83
Placing Cinema Fascism and the Nation in
105
Sex in the Cinema Regulation
141
Luchino Viscontis Homosexual Ossessione
172
Ways of Looking in Black and White Female
194
Seeing Red The Soviet Influence on Italian
223
Theatricality and Impersonation The Politics
250
Shopping for Autarchy Fascism
276
The Last Film Festival The Venice Biennale
293
Film Stars and Society in Fascist Italy
315
Selected Bibliography
341
Contributors
353
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Om forfatteren (2002)

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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