Mussolini’s Dream Factory
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Mussolini’s Dream Factory

Film Stardom in Fascist Italy
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Stephen Gundle
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The intersection between film stardom and politics is an understudied phenomenon of Fascist Italy, despite the fact that the Mussolini regime deemed stardom important enough to warrant sustained attention and interference. Focused on the period from the start of sound cinema to the final end of Fascism in 1945, this book examines the development of an Italian star system and evaluates its place in film production and distribution. The performances and careers of several major stars, including Isa Miranda, Vittorio De Sica, Amedeo Nazzari, and Alida Valli, are closely analyzed in terms of their relationships to the political sphere and broader commercial culture, with consideration of their fates in the aftermath of Fascism. A final chapter explores the place of the stars in popular memory and representations of the Fascist film world in postwar cinema.

List of Figures


Part I: Fascism, Cinema and Stardom

Chapter 1. Italian cinema under Fascism
Chapter 2. The creation of a star system
Chapter 3. Stars and commercial culture
Chapter 4. The public and the stars

Part II: Italian Stars of the Fascist Era

Chapter 5. The national star: Isa Miranda
Chapter 6. The matinée idol: Vittorio De Sica
Chapter 7. Everybody's fiancée: Assia Noris
Chapter 8. The star as hero: Amedeo Nazzari
Chapter 9. The uniformed role model:  Fosco Giachetti
Chapter 10. The photogenic beauty: Alida Valli
Chapter 11. The Duce's whim: Miria Di San Servolo

Part III:  The Aftermath of Stardom

Chapter 12. Civil war, liberation and reconstruction
Chapter 13. Survival, memory and forgetting


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