Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema by Ruth Ben-Ghiat

Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema Paperback Feb 11 2015

By Ruth Ben-Ghiat
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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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Product Details

Format
Paperback
Publisher
Indiana University Press
Publication date
Feb 11 2015
Language
English
Pages
420
ISBN-13
9780253015594
ISBN-10
0253015596
Weight
540g
Dimensions
152.0mm x 229.0mm