The primary objective of my dissertation is to frame a new paradigm for the critical assessment of Italian political film (Cinema Civile) starting from the postwar years to the present days. Throughout the decades, well after the disappearance of neorealist film, Italian filmmakers have consistently continued to produce influential works that are charged with explicit political meaning, and that publicly denounce political scandals, or condemn corrupt institutions. I map out this phenomenon in a socio-political, as well as artistic, fashion. Through an historical and chronological lens, I classify all analyzed texts (filmic and extra-filmic) into well-defined time frames, or decades, a sequential layout that allows me to frame the artistic evolution of Cinema Civile within the social, cultural and political background of all the analyzed periods, and to underscore its relevance in the history of Italian film and its symbolic place in the cultural context at large.
"L'Italia allo Specchio: Quaranta Anni di Cinema Civile"
Italian Studies Theses and Dissertations.
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