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Fascist ModernitiesItaly, 1922-1945$
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Ruth Ben-Ghiat

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520223639

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520223639.001.0001

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Envisioning Modernity

Envisioning Modernity

(p.70) 3 Envisioning Modernity
Fascist Modernities

Ruth Ben-Ghiat

University of California Press

This chapter examines the ways in which the films participated in Benito Mussolini's regeneration campaign and in the creation of a distinctly Italian and fascist model of modernity. By 1933, films had replaced novels as the source of new models for youth. Fascist officials also recognized cinema's extraordinary communicative potential and granted films a central role in their attempts to transform ideologies and lifestyles. The government then established the documentary production center Istituto Luce and newsreels and instructional movies became frontline weapons in the bonifica campaigns that Mussolini's government unleashed on Italians.

Keywords:   films, Benito Mussolini, regeneration campaign, fascist model, modernity, cinemas, Istituto Luce

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