Symbolic Politics: The Neapolitan Renaissance and the Politics of the New Neapolitan Cinema

Alex Marlow-Mann

in New Neapolitan Cinema

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780748640669
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651214 | DOI:
Symbolic Politics: The Neapolitan Renaissance and the Politics of the New Neapolitan Cinema

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Following the crisis of Italy's party system precipitated by the tangentopoli scandals of the late 1980s, proposals were made for electoral reforms to move away from a party system based on proportional representation towards a majoritarian, presidential system. In Naples, the 1993 elections saw Antonio Bassolino of the left-wing Partito Democratico della Sinistra emerge victorious to embark on a series of reforms. Bassolino's impact on the city was seen as nothing short of miraculous and the idea of a sudden and unexpected ‘Neapolitan renaissance’ rapidly took hold. The seven-year period of Bassolino's governance roughly coincides with the rise of the New Neapolitan Cinema (NNC), inviting the question as to the relationship between these two phenomena. Indeed, the NNC has often been seen as an expression of this wider Neapolitan renaissance, despite the fact that it slightly predates Bassolino's election. Murray Edelman's notion of ‘symbolic politics’ has been evoked by a number of commentators in relation to Bassolino's policies. A central part of Bassolino's symbolic politics was the way in which urban space was articulated.

Keywords: Neapolitan renaissance; New Neapolitan Cinema; Antonio Bassolino; elections; symbolic politics; urban space; Italy

Chapter.  14111 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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