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Women, Feminism and Italian Cinema: Archives from a Film Culture

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Publication date29/12/2021
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages200
ISBN (electronic)9781474463270, 9781399513326
ISBN (print)9781474463249
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Represents the first comprehensive reconstruction of Italian women’s film cultures of the 1960s and ‘70s
Provides an innovative, intersectional feminist methodology to cinema history, adopting stand-point theory, archival theory and addressing questions of nostalgia and anachronism
Case studies enrich the understanding of cinema’s socio-cultural role in Italy, and addressing, in an engaging way, key concerns for feminist cinema history
Through an emphasis on women’s affective and active relationship with cinema, the book offers an innovative, holistic approach that covers aspects of consumption, representation, and production
Investigates, for the first time, the relationship between Italian second-wave feminism and mainstream cinema, with a comparative perspective with other national contexts
Italian cinema experienced its peak of domestic and international popularity in the years between the ‘economic miracle’ of the late 1950s and the social and political turmoil of the 1970s. But how did the growing development of the feminist movement in this period impact on Italian film culture? And what role did that film culture play in women’s lives?