Popular Film Culture in Fascist Italy

Popular Film Culture in Fascist Italy : The Passing of the Rex

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  • Paperback | 300 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 1,451.49g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 26 b&w photos
  • 0253204321
  • 9780253204325

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Preface: Grandfather Fascism and Amarcord Introduction --The Production of Popular Film Culture in Fascist Italy --Film Culture and OFilm LiteracyO --Ideology and Image --Film Narrative as Social Ritual --The Nature of Consensus through Popular Film --Methodology: Charting a National-Popular Film Culture Chapter 1. Castelli in aria: The Myth of the Grand Hotel --The Grand Hotel as Revolving Door to the OBel MondoO --Rotaie: Romance along the Highway --Il Signorino Gianni and Il Signor Max --Working the Grand Hotels --Italy as Grand Hotel --Fascism and the Mood of the Grand Hotel --The Epochalist Impulse in 1930s Italian Cinema Chapter 2. OCose dellOaltro mondoO: American Images in Fascist Italy --Gradisca OGets Her Gary CooperO --American Movies in Italy and the Formation of Cultural Policy --American Cinema in Italy and Media Imperialism --The Diversity of the ODominantO Idelogy --Decoding American Films in Italy and the Role of the Audience --Translating the American Dream(s) Advertising Dubbing and Deleting American Roles and Stereotypes in Italian Films American News/Italian Newsreel The CriticOs Translation --Conclusions Chapter 3. Grandi Magazzini: Stracitta and the Department Store as Temple of Consumer Culture --The Modern Myths --Corporativism and the Myth of the Department Store --Urban Culture as Popular Culture: A New Image for the Italian City --The New Woman: Lost and Found in the City Conclusions Chapter 4. Terra madre and the Myth of Strapaese --Stracitta and Strapaese --The Rhetoric of Strapaese in the Films of Alessandro Blasetti Terra madre: A Return to the Land --The Rural-Urban Conflict in 1930s Films --Treno popolare: The Realism of Rural Romance --Rural Culture and Popular Culture Chapter 5. Historical Films and the Myth of Divine Origins --The Legacy in (and of) Italian Historical Films --Scipione and the Grandeur of Ancient Rome --Condottieri and the Myth of Chivalry --1860 and the Italian Risorgimento --Napoli dOaltri tempi: The Birth of a National-Popular Anthem --The Authority of Historical Films Chapter 6. Italian Colonial Films and the Myth of the Impero --Impero and Imperialism Il grande appello: Oedipus in the Desert --Lo squadrone bianco and the Retribution of Desert Life --Sotto la croce del sud: Taming Mysterious Territories and Dangerous Women --Charting the Wilderness: Africa as Cinematic Frontier Chapter 7. LUCE/Cinema/shadows --The Centralization of Italian Cinema --Documenting a National Spirit --Current Events as Spectacle --Mussolini as Divo Conclusions --Whose Fascism? --Political Action in an Illusory Universe --Politics in Cinema and Cinema in Politics --OCultura popolareO and the Nation --Fascism as Meta-Community through Meta-Communication --Cultural Policy --The Passing of the Rex Appendixes A. Number of Motion Picture Theaters in Italy 1928-1937 B. Number of Italian Films Produced between 1920 and 1940 C. Percent of American Films Shown in Italy between 1920 and 1940 D. Number of Theaters in Each Province in 1929 Notes Bibliography Indexshow more

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