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Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema

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Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Empire Cinema: Frames and Agendas 2. Italian Cinema and the Colonies to 1935 3. Mapping Empire Cinema, 1935-39 4. Coming Home to the Colonies 5. Imperial Bodies I: Italians and Askaris 6. Imperial Bodies II: Slaves of Love, Slaves of Labor 7. Film Policies and Cultures, 1940-1943 8. The End of Empire Epilogue Filmography Notes Bibliography Index

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Winner, 2014 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Publication Award A Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2015

About the Author

Ruth Ben-Ghiat is Professor of Italian Studies and History at New York University.


In bringing this cinematic history back to life, Ruth Ben-Ghiat treads a path of uncompromising empiricism and subtle textual analysis, which connects the multiple spaces of history and film and significantly advances our understanding of Fascist Italy. * H-Nationalism * A pathbreaking study of Fascist-era films set in Italian colonies in North and East Africa, Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema represents a major contribution to multiple fields, from the history of Italian Fascism and interwar European cultural politics to the history of colonialism and film history. * Journal of Modern History * 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. . . . A balanced, judicious historian, [Ben-Ghiat] displays her wealth of archival knowledge and interpretive skills in a clear, straightforward narrative that proves utterly enthralling. . . . Essential. * Choice * Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema contributes to an important rethinking of an understudied aspect of Italian history. . . . One hopes that this provocative work is only the beginning of an overdue conversation, and that future contributions will move beyond the doors of Italian archives to consult voices/sources/documents from the colonies themselves. * H-Italy * Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema is the most subtle and detailed examination we have of a crucial element of the cultural practice of 'totalitarian' dictatorship, Italian-style.5/28/15 * Times Higher Education Supplement *

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