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Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema

Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema

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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.



Author: Ruth Ben-Ghiat
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Published: 02/11/2015
Pages: 400
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.30lbs
Size: 9.60h x 5.20w x 1.00d
ISBN: 9780253015594

About the Author

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


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