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Fascism in Italian Cinema since 1945

The Politics and Aesthetics of Memory


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Revisionism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Giacomo Lichtner
      Pages 20-41
  3. Resistance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. Giacomo Lichtner
      Pages 45-62
    3. Giacomo Lichtner
      Pages 63-83
  4. Reconstruction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Giacomo Lichtner
      Pages 87-107
    3. Giacomo Lichtner
      Pages 108-125
  5. Revolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Giacomo Lichtner
      Pages 129-153
    3. Giacomo Lichtner
      Pages 154-168
  6. Recurrences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Giacomo Lichtner
      Pages 171-188
    3. Giacomo Lichtner
      Pages 189-214
  7. Epilogue

    1. Giacomo Lichtner
      Pages 215-216
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 217-262

About this book


From neorealism's resolve to Berlusconian revisionist melodramas, this book examines cinema's role in constructing memories of Fascist Italy. Italian cinema has both reflected and shaped popular perceptions of Fascism, reinforcing or challenging stereotypes, remembering selectively and silently forgetting the most shameful pages of Italy's history.


aesthetics cinema Europe fascism history perception politics revolution

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Victoria University of WellingtonNew Zealand

About the authors

Giacomo Lichtner is Senior Lecturer in History and Film at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He is a cultural historian and his research focuses specifically on the relationship between history and film, cinema as both a mirror and creator of social trends and the political uses of cinema to create national and political identities. In addition to a number of articles and essays, he is author of Film and the Shoah in France and Italy (Vallentine Mitchell, 2008).

Bibliographic information


“A powerful and fluently written study of ‘the role that cinema has played in the evolution and transmission of Italy’s memories of … the long Second World War, which in Italy surely began with the Fascist takeover of power in 1922 and ended on 25 April 1945’ … . a lively and memorable work, and its disparaging and authoritative take on cinema, audiences, and the Italian memory of Fascism is likely to become a standard account.” (Alan O’Leary, H-Italy, H-Net Reviews,, October, 2016)