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Da fatti realmente accaduti: Performing History in Contemporary Italian Cinema

Holdaway, Dom 2011. Da fatti realmente accaduti: Performing History in Contemporary Italian Cinema. New Readings 11 , pp. 17-36. 10.18573/newreadings.74

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This essay considers the claims to historical or social truths made by four contemporary Italian films: The One Hundred Steps (Marco Tullio Giordana, 2000), Romanzo Criminale (Michele Placido, 2005), Il divo (Paolo Sorrentino, 2008) and Gomorrah (Matteo Garrone, 2008). Posing them first as historical texts, it then identifies two techniques of engaging with or rejecting a claim to historical accuracy, based on notions of performativity and of historiographic metafiction. By locating these models in a period of postmodernity, it seeks ultimately to offer some insight into contemporary Italian cinema more widely, in particular on the constant recourse made to realism.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
D History General and Old World > DG Italy
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
P Language and Literature > PQ Romance literatures
Publisher: Cardiff University Press
ISSN: 1359-7485
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 17 January 2020
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2020 11:10

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