Re-viewing Fascism: Italian Cinema, 1922-1943

Jacqueline Reich, Piero Garofalo
Indiana University Press, 7. maj 2002 - 384 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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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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Side 70 - Even the most perfect reproduction of a work of art is lacking in one element: its presence in time and space, its unique existence at the place where it happens to be.
Side 83 - Be not too tame neither, but let your own discretion be your tutor. Suit the action to the word, the word to the action; with this special observance, that you o'erstep not the modesty of nature; for anything so o'erdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first and now, was and is to hold, as 'twere, the mirror up to nature...
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Side 70 - They were engaged in working out an explicit and pure style of silent film, using its restrictions to transform the peep show into an art. The introduction of sound film smashed many of the forms that the film artists were using in favor of the inartistic demand for the greatest possible "naturalness" (in the most superficial sense of the word).
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Side 77 - Gira were limited to the negative aspects of the question and to the silent film only, this hardly impairs their validity. For in this respect, the sound film did not change anything essential. What matters is that the part is acted not for an audience but for a mechanical contrivance - in the case of the sound film, for two of them. "The film actor," wrote Pirandello, "feels as if in exile - exiled not only from the stage but also from himself.
Side 46 - ... are identified with those of the actors, and consequently are always different. The new manifestation of Art should really be more precisely a Painting and a Sculpture developing in Time, as in music and poetry, which realise themselves by transforming air into rhythm for the duration of their execution.
Side 291 - subject" is thus to have been presumed guilty, then tried and declared innocent. Because this declaration is not a single act but a status incessantly reproduced, to become a "subject" is to be continuously in the process of acquitting oneself of the accusation of guilt.
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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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