The Representation of Fascism and the Resistance in the Documentaries of Italian State Television

  • Guido Crainz


Until relatively recent times, in its analysis of the history of Fascism, Italian scholarship has concentrated most on the years of the Fascist rise to power 2015/10/7and those of its final crisis (1943–45). It has shown far less interest in the record of the regime in office, that ‘time of consensus’, as Renzo De Felice has baptised it, in a controversial but as yet largely uncontested interpretation.1 In regard to television documentaries, this tendency is still more pronounced, with the focus being very much fixed on 1943–45,2 despite the screening in 1972 of Nascita di una dittatura (Birth of a Dictatorship), one of RAI’s major programmes. This documentary was directed by Sergio Zavoli, a television journalist and not a historian who, in the 1980s, would rise to the presidency of RAI.


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