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The Italian film industry's skill with dubbing is a legacy of fascism.
As I understand it, during the fascist years all films had to be shown
in Italian, regardless of the original language.  There were several
issues underlying this policy.  The result is clear in the facility of
the Italian industry in translating and dubbing of overseas product.
 
For a while, before the modernization of Italian studios, even Italian
films were dubbed, especially exteriors.  In the absence of adequately
sound-proofed sound stages it was just easier to do what they had been
doing throughout the 'thirties and 'forties.
 
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Cal Pryluck, Radio-Television-Film, Temple University, Philadelphia
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