Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema

Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema

Ruth Ben-Ghiat
Distribution: World
Publication date: 1/21/2015
ISBN: 978-0-253-01566-2
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Ruth Ben-Ghiat provides the first in-depth study of feature and documentary films produced under the auspices of Mussolini’s government that took as their subjects or settings Italy’s African and Balkan colonies. These “empire films” were Italy's entry into an international market for the exotic. The films engaged its most experienced and cosmopolitan directors (Augusto Genina, Mario Camerini) as well as new filmmakers (Roberto Rossellini) who would make their marks in the postwar years. Ben-Ghiat sees these films as part of the aesthetic development that would lead to neo-realism. Shot in Libya, Somalia, and Ethiopia, these movies reinforced Fascist racial and labor policies and were largely forgotten after the war. Ben-Ghiat restores them to Italian and international film history in this gripping account of empire, war, and the cinema of dictatorship.

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Ruth Ben-Ghiat is Professor of Italian Studies and History at New York University.

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"A rich compendium of resources on history, cinema, political science, and cultural studies. And eminently readable." —Marcia Landy, author of Fascism in Film: The Italian Commercial Cinema, 1931–1943

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Empire Cinema: Frames and Agendas
2. Italian Cinema and the Colonies to 1935
3. Mapping Empire Cinema, 1935-39
4. Coming Home to the Colonies
5. Imperial Bodies I: Italians and Askaris
6. Imperial Bodies II: Slaves of Love, Slaves of Labor
7. Film Policies and Cultures, 1940-1943
8. The End of Empire
Epilogue
Filmography
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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