Re-viewing Fascism

Re-viewing Fascism : Italian Cinema, 1922-1943

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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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 24mm | 539.77g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 25 b&w photos, 1 index
  • 0253215188
  • 9780253215185

Review quote

Each essay makes a point of correcting misconceptions about the cinema during the ventennio [the period of fascist rule], which makes this book a significant contribution to the literature. December 2002 -- S. Vander Closter * Rhode Island School of Design *show more

About Jacqueline Reich

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 more

Table of contents

ContentsAcknowledgementsPrefacePiero Garofalo and Jacqueline ReichPart 1: Framing Fascism and Cinema1. Mussolini at the Movies: Fascism, Film, and CultureJacqueline Reich2. Dubbing L'Arte Muta: Poetic Layerings Around Italian Cinema's Transition to SoundGiorgio Bertellini3. Intimations of Neorealism in the Fascist VentennioEnnio Di Nolfo4. Placing Cinema, Fascism, and the Nation in a Diagram of Italian ModernityJames HayPart 2: Fascism, Cinema, and Sexuality5. Sex in the Cinema: Regulation and Transgression in Italian Films, 19301943David Forgacs6. Luchino Visconti's (Homosexual) OssessioneWilliam Van Watson7. Ways of Looking in Black and White: Female Spectatorship and the Miscege-national Body in Sotto la croce del sudRobin Pickering-IazziPart 3: Fascism and Film in (Con)texts8. Seeing Red: The Soviet Influence on Italian Cinema in the ThirtiesPiero Garofalo9. Theatricality and Impersonation: The Politics of Style in the Cinema of the Italian Fascist EraMarcia Landy10. Shopping for Autarchy: Fascism and Reproductive Fantasy in Mario Camerini's Grandi magazzini Barbara Spackman11. The Last Film Festival: The Venice Biennale Goes to WarMarla Stone12. Film Stars and Society in Fascist ItalyStephen GundleSelected BibliographyIndexshow more