By Giacomo Lichtner
Italy gave us the phrases 'fascism' and 'totalitarianism', but globally the dominant photograph of the regime is one in every of an incompetent dictatorship served by means of infantrymen who 'would no longer struggle for romance nor funds as a result of their languorous Latin character', as Noel Coward wrote. This booklet investigates Italian cinema's contribution to stereotypes of victimhood and innocence, another way often called Italiani brava gente, via tracing around the postwar interval filmmakers, audiences, censors and the unforgettable characters of Italian cinema. the writer casts an leading edge eye on vintage movies like Rome Open urban and 1900, and analyses intensive many lesser recognized works, to tease out recurrent tendencies and ongoing taboos of illustration and investigate them in a comparative eu viewpoint. From the determined unravel of neorealism to the bloated mediocrity of Berlusconian revisionist melodramas, Italian cinema has remembered selectively and silently forgotten the main shameful pages of Italy's history.
'In his new booklet, Lichtner presents trenchant research of the cinematic portrayal of Mussolini's corrupting and violent dictatorship. many times he brilliantly illuminates the development and misconstruction, illustration and misrepresentation of a prior that are meant to now not be authorized to vanish away. Italy this present day wishes its prior and current learn with Lichtner's sensibility and demanding acumen.' - Professor Richard Bosworth, college of Oxford, UK
'Fascism in Postwar Cinema brims with thought of reflections at the courting of historical past, movie, and reminiscence, delivering a in actual fact written and forcefully argued account of ways movie has engaged with Italy's Fascist previous. specific advantages of the ebook are its consciousness to the usually ignored Fifties and Sixties motion pictures, and to videos that check in modern revisionist perspectives of Fascism.'
- Professor Ruth Ben-Ghiat, manhattan University