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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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‘7 aprile’ 139–40, 143 Aaronovitch, David 101 Abse, Toby 32 Accorsi, Stefano 203 Adorno, Theodor 216, 220 Agamben, Giorgio 10, 104–5 Mezzi senza fine 109 Aldo Moro: il presidente ix, 35, 72–4, 76, 232, 235 Aldo Moro: una tragedia italiana (play) 72 Allen, Beverly 11, 22, 65, 223 Allum, Percy 147 Amelio, Gianni 138, 141 amour fou 155, 159, 160, 175–6, 179, 180, 183 Andreotti, Giulio 47, 50 as character in Il Divo 71 Andruccioli, Paolo 233 anni di piombo in cinema xiv, 18–26, 79 cultural representation of vii–viii historiography of 30, 70, 115 legacies of 186, 194, 217, 227, 232, 241 memoirs 74, 103, 144 memory of ix, 8, 186, 187, 226, 227, 229, 236, 243 origin of phrase 7–8 tradition of films on 236, 238, 239–43 translation of phrase 8–9 see also conspiracy theory; Moro, Aldo; terrorism Antonello, Pierpaolo xiii, 39, 81, 241 Postmodern Impegno 209 Aprile 246 Apocalypse Now 57 Appuntamento a Liverpool 215 Arbasino, Alberto 29 Arendt, Hannah 10 Argento, Dario 18, 230 Arie, Sophie 61 Aristotelian aesthetics viii, 20, 56, 198 Arrivederci amore, ciao xii, 25, 229–31, 233 Associazione 2 agosto (Bologna bombing victims’ association) 106–7, 108 Associazione del caduti di Piazza della Loggia (Brescia bombing victims’ association) 107 Attacco allo stato xii, 25, 229, 231–3 Avellino, Giambattista 197 Baader, Andreas 244 Baader Meinhof Komplex, Der 25–6, 244 Bachelet, Vittorio 13, 61 Bacic, Roberta 190, 192 Balducci, Armenia 46, 51 Baliani, Marco...

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