By Giacomo Lichtner
Italy gave us the phrases 'fascism' and 'totalitarianism', but globally the dominant photograph of the regime is certainly one of an incompetent dictatorship served via squaddies who 'would now not struggle for romance nor funds because of their languorous Latin character', as Noel Coward wrote. This publication investigates Italian cinema's contribution to stereotypes of victimhood and innocence, another way referred to as Italiani brava gente, by means of tracing around the postwar interval filmmakers, audiences, censors and the unforgettable characters of Italian cinema. the writer casts an leading edge eye on vintage motion pictures like Rome Open urban and 1900, and analyses extensive many lesser recognized works, to tease out recurrent developments and ongoing taboos of illustration and determine them in a comparative ecu point of view. From the determined get to the bottom of 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 e-book, Lichtner offers trenchant research of the cinematic portrayal of Mussolini's corrupting and violent dictatorship. again and again he brilliantly illuminates the development and misconstruction, illustration and misrepresentation of a earlier that are meant to now not be approved to vanish away. Italy at the present time wishes its prior and current learn with Lichtner's sensibility and demanding acumen.' - Professor Richard Bosworth, collage of Oxford, UK
'Fascism in Postwar Cinema brims with thought of reflections at the dating of historical past, movie, and reminiscence, offering a sincerely written and forcefully argued account of ways movie has engaged with Italy's Fascist prior. specific benefits of the e-book are its realization to the customarily ignored Fifties and Nineteen Sixties movies, and to video clips that sign up modern revisionist perspectives of Fascism.'
- Professor Ruth Ben-Ghiat, big apple University