By Jacqueline Reich, Piero Garofalo
When Benito Mussolini proclaimed that "Cinema is the most powerful weapon," he was once telling basically part the tale. in fact, only a few characteristic motion pictures throughout the Fascist interval will be categorized as propaganda. Re-viewing Fascism considers the various movies that failed as "weapons" in growing cultural consensus and as an alternative got here to mirror the complexities and contradictions of Fascist tradition. the quantity additionally examines the relationship among cinema of the Fascist interval and neorealism—ties that many students formerly had denied in an try and view Fascism as an unlucky deviation in Italian heritage. The postwar administrators Luchino Visconti, Roberto Rossellini, and Vittorio de Sica all had vital roots within the Fascist period, as did the Venice movie competition. whereas govt censorship loomed over Italian filmmaking, it didn't hinder frank depictions of sexuality and representations of fellows and girls that challenged legitimate gender rules. Re-viewing Fascism brings jointly students from varied cultural and disciplinary backgrounds because it bargains an attractive and leading edge check out Italian cinema, Fascist tradition, and society.