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Living in Peace after the Massacre

Living in Peace after the Massacre

Neorealism, Colonialism, and Race

(p.141) Living in Peace after the Massacre
Global Neorealism
Saverio Giovacchini
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores how neorealism viewed race in Italy’s past and present. The rise of Italian neorealism is linked to the self-serving mythology of the Italian as victim rather than perpetrator of World War II. Italian neorealism mostly forgot more than just Italian anti-Semitism: the neorealist mythopoesis also erases the Italian colonialist past, which a new generation of historians are currently unearthing in all its bloody details.

Keywords:   Italian cinema, anti-Semitism, neoralist mythopoesis, colonial past

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