Envisioning Modernity

Ruth Ben-Ghiat

in Fascist Modernities

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780520223639
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520938052 | DOI:
Envisioning Modernity

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This chapter examines the ways in which the films participated in Benito Mussolini's regeneration campaign and in the creation of a distinctly Italian and fascist model of modernity. By 1933, films had replaced novels as the source of new models for youth. Fascist officials also recognized cinema's extraordinary communicative potential and granted films a central role in their attempts to transform ideologies and lifestyles. The government then established the documentary production center Istituto Luce and newsreels and instructional movies became frontline weapons in the bonifica campaigns that Mussolini's government unleashed on Italians.

Keywords: films; Benito Mussolini; regeneration campaign; fascist model; modernity; cinemas; Istituto Luce

Chapter.  9060 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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