The Empire and Cinema. Fascist Fiction Movies and the Colonial Conquest (1936-1942)

Author/s Maurizio Zinni
Publishing Year 2012 Issue 2011/3 Language Italian
Pages 34 P. 5-38 File size 373 KB
DOI 10.3280/MON2011-003001
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After the Ethiopian war, the Italian cinema celebrated the men who built the Empire and their ideals. Between 1936 and 1939, six movies on these topics represented the main example not only of the fascist colonial propaganda, but also of the regime policy on cinema since the 1930s. Thanks to movies like Lo squadrone bianco, Il grande appello, Scipione l’Africano, Sentinelle di bronzo, Luciano Serra pilota, Sotto la Croce del Sud, Abuna Messias, or the latest Bengasi in 1942, we can define the perception of the African conquest by the Italian society, but also the topoi that influenced the imagination of the Italians in a profound and lasting way during Fascism and beyond.

Keywords: Cinema, fascism, colonialism, propaganda, empire, movie

Maurizio Zinni, L’impero sul grande schermo. Il cinema di finzione fascista e la conquista coloniale (1936-1942) in "MONDO CONTEMPORANEO" 3/2011, pp 5-38, DOI: 10.3280/MON2011-003001