Cultural History, Cinema and the Italian Post-War Diaspora in Britain
The dif ferent chapters of this book have addressed the overarching theme of Italian cultural history, cultural memory and cinema through post-war migration to Britain. Through using oral quotations throughout this book, it has been made clear that the migratory experience of those Italians that came to Britain after the Second World War created a particular pattern of diasporic experience. Together with this, the importance of how converging experiences of cultural formation are lived through during the temporal nature of the immigrant journey has to be considered in the light of what the spoken words translated and transcribed throughout this book reveal about identity formation. The degree to which cinematic memory and storytelling relates to the viewing experience of a particular set of films of the 1950s has been pivotal to the identity formation for some members of the various Italian communities in Britain. Since the oral interviews informed the premise of this book, this has resulted in the need to re- configure film as the cultural form through which to think about cultural identity. Future explorations into the cultural history of modern migrations cannot ignore the significant role that is played by the cinematic experi- ence in the formation of this history. Without the methodology employed throughout this book, there would not have been a way in which diasporic experience, and the importance of cinema within this experience, could have been made visible. In the introductory chapter, the cultural determinants of the migrant journey from the South of Italy...
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