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L Guevarra <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 10 Jan 2008 11:21:48 -0800
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Dear Screen-L:

The University of California Press  is pleased to announce the publication of:

Cinema and Fascism: Italian Film and Society, 1922-1943

Steven Ricci is the Director of the Moving Image Archive Studies 
program at University of California, Los Angeles, where he also 
teaches in the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media and 
the Department of Information Studies.

"Italian Fascism was full of paradoxes, one of which concerned the 
cinema. Why did this self-styled totalitarian regime adopt such an 
apparently laissez-faire attitude towards this major art form and 
medium of entertainment? And if Italian cinema in the Fascist period 
was rarely propagandistic, was it nevertheless permeated by Fascist 
values in other ways? Steven Ricci approaches these and related 
questions both knowledgeably and with a refreshingly open mind, 
eschewing all the usual cliche and coming up with surprising and 
fascinating answers."-Geoffrey Nowell-Smith, editor of _The Oxford 
History of World Cinema_

This study considers Italian filmmaking during the Fascist era and 
offers an original and revealing approach to the interwar years. 
Steven Ricci directly confronts a long-standing dilemma faced by 
cultural historians: while made during a period of totalitarian 
government, these films are neither propagandistic nor openly 
"Fascist." Instead, the Italian Fascist regime attempted to build 
ideological consensus by erasing markers of class and regional 
difference and by circulating terms for an imaginary national 
identity. _Cinema and Fascism _investigates the complex relationship 
between the totalitarian regime and Italian cinema. It looks at the 
films themselves, the industry, and the role of cinema in daily life, 
and offers new insights into this important but neglected period in 
cinema history.

Full information about the book, including the table of contents, is 
available online:

Lolita Guevarra
Electronic Marketing Coordinator
University of California Press
Tel. 510.643.4738 | Fax 510.643.7127
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