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Living in Peace after the Massacre

Living in Peace after the Massacre

Neorealism, Colonialism, and Race

Chapter:
(p.141) Living in Peace after the Massacre
Source:
Global Neorealism
Author(s):
Saverio Giovacchini
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617031229.003.0009

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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