Land of Passions, Land of Conquest. European Cinema on Africa from its Origins to World War II

Author/s Maurizio Zinni
Publishing Year 2014 Issue 2013/2 Language Italian
Pages 30 P. 115-144 File size 752 KB
DOI 10.3280/MON2013-002004
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The European cinema of the origins looked at Africa as an inspiration. A lot of documentaries, movies and other works of fiction recreated on the screen the fascinating and mysterious Western myth of the "Savage Continent". Starting from Meliès’ early works, up to the movies of the years of the Second World War, the cinema of colonial countries, in particular the French, the English and the Italian one, used camera to document and portray the African "otherness", with both scientific curiosity and manifest hegemonic aims.

Keywords: European cinema on Africa, colonial cinema, images of Africa, cinema of the exotic, European culture and Africa, Africa in the movies: myth and reality

Maurizio Zinni, Terra di passioni, terra di conquista. Note sul rapporto fra cinema europeo e africa dalle origini alla seconda guerra mondiale in "MONDO CONTEMPORANEO" 2/2013, pp 115-144, DOI: 10.3280/MON2013-002004