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Tragedia all’italiana

Italian Cinema and Italian Terrorisms, 1970-2010


Alan O'Leary

Cinema has played a key role in articulating the impact and legacies of the so-called anni di piombo in Italy, the years of intra-national political terrorism that lasted from 1969 until well into the 1980s. Tragedia all’italiana offers an analytical exploration of Italian cinema’s representation and refraction of those years, showing how a substantial and still growing corpus of films has shaped the ways in which Italians have assimilated and remembered the events of this period.
This is the first monograph in English on terrorism and film in Italy, a topic that is attracting the interest of a wide range of scholars of film, cultural studies and critical terrorism studies. It provides novel analytical categories for an intriguing corpus of films and offers careful accounts of works and genres as diverse as La meglio gioventú, Buongiorno, notte, the poliziottesco (cop film) and the commedia all’italiana. The author argues that fiction film can provide an effective frame for the elaboration of historical experience but that the cinema is symptomatic both of its time and of the codes of the medium itself – in terms of its elisions, omissions and evasions as well as its emphases. The book is a study of a body of films that has elaborated the experience of terrorism as a fascinating and even essential part of the heritage of modern Italy.


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Filmography Aldo Moro: il presidente. Dir. Gianluca Maria Tavarelli. Taodue. 2008. Aprile. Dir. Nanni Moretti. Sacher Film. 1998. Apocalypse Now. Dir. Francis Ford Coppola. Zoetrope Studios. 1979. Appuntamento a Liverpool. Dir. Marco Tullio Giordana. Reteitalia. 1988. Arrivederci amore, ciao. Dir. Michele Soavi. Studio Urania. 2006. Attacco allo stato. Dir. Michele Soavi. Taodue. 2006. Der Baader Meinhof Komplex. Dir. Uli Edel. Constantin Film Produktion. 2008. La battaglia d’Algeri. Dir. Gillo Pontecorvo. Casbah Film. 1966. Die bleierne Zeit. Dir. Margarethe Von Trotta. Bioskop Film. 1981. Blow-Up. Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni. Bridge Films. 1966. Un borghese piccolo piccolo. Dir. Mario Monicelli. Auro Cinematografica. 1977. Buongiorno, notte. Dir. Marco Bellocchio. Filmalbatros. 2003. Bullitt. Dir. Peter Yates. Solar Productions. 1968. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Dir. George Roy Hill. Campanile Productions. 1969. Cadaveri eccellenti. Dir. Francesco Rosi. Produzioni Europee Associate. 1976. La caduta degli angeli ribelli. Dir. Marco Tullio Giordana. Filmalpha. 1981. La caduta degli dei. Dir. Luchino Visconti. Pegaso Film. 1969. Caro Michele. Dir. Mario Monicelli. Flag. 1976. Caro papà. Dir. Dino Risi. Dean Film. 1979. Il caso Mattei. Dir. Francesco Rosi. Vides Cinematografica. 1972. Il caso Moro. Dir. Giuseppe Ferrara. Yarno Cinematografica. 1986. I cento passi. Dir. Marco Tullio Giordana. Titti Film. 2000. C’eravamo tanto amati. Dir. Ettore Scola. Dean Film. 1974. La città delle donne. Dir. Federico Fellini. Opera Film Produzione. 1980. Colpire al cuore. Dir. Gianni Amelio. RAI. 1982. Il conformista. Dir. Bernardo Bertolucci. Mars Film. 1970. Death and the Maiden. Dir. Roman Polanski. Mount/Kramer. 1994. Death Wish. Dir. Michael Winner....

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