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Title: Italian political cinema:Surveying a once glorious genrein times of anguish
Authors: Testa, Carlo
Keywords: Italy
Political Cinema
Issue Date: 28-Feb-2006
Abstract: Because in the Entralogos context I will dwell in some detail on the theoretical issues underpinning my interest in literature and culture, in the present pages I shall focus instead on some specific historical aspects of the dialectics between Italian society and Italian cinema. In particular, I shall concentrate on what it has become customary to describe by the term ?political cinema,? as well as some of its reverberations in a genre not normally associated with it: the ?comedy Italian style.? The two sections on cinema politico and commedia all?italiana will thus constitute the two main articulations of my argument. However, since I cannot assume a specific familiarity with post-WWII Italy among the interdisciplinary community of my readers, I shall introduce those two mini-chapters by a prologue presenting, in broad strokes, the relevant socio-historical context of the peninsula. At the end, I shall return to considerations of a more general cultural import about the challenges of the times in which we live.
Description: A paper presented in February 2005 to the colloquium.
Appears in Collections:2005 Colloquia

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