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Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema: Book by Ruth Ben-Ghiat (Italian Studies & History, New York University)

Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema

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ISBN: 9780253015594    Publisher: Indiana University Press Year of publishing: 2015     Format:  Paperback / softback No of Pages: 420 pp        Language: English
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...Read more
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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About the author: Ruth Ben-Ghiat (Italian Studies & History, New York University)
Ruth Ben-Ghiat is Professor of Italian Studies and History at New York University.

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The first comprehensive scholarly study of films made in or about the African and Balkan colonies of Mussolini's fascist empire, this book is genuinely groundbreaking and exceptionally insightful....Read more
The first comprehensive scholarly study of films made in or about the African and Balkan colonies of Mussolini's fascist empire, this book is genuinely groundbreaking and exceptionally insightful. ... Abalanced, judicious historian, [Ben-Ghiat] displays her wealth of archival knowledge and interpretive skills in a clear, straightforward narrative that proves utterly enthralling.... Essential." Choice
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