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Homosexuality and Italian Cinema

From the Fall of Fascism to the Years of Lead

Authors: Giori, Mauro

  • The first book-length study devoted entirely to the topic of homosexuality in Italian post-war cinema. 
  • Explores over 600 films and includes extensive archival research on hundreds of unpublished documents, magazines and newspapers  
  • Analyses connections between homosexuality, cinema and Italian society.
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This book is the first to establish the relevance of same-sex desires, pleasures and anxieties in the cinema of post-war Italy. It explores cinematic representations of homosexuality and their significance in a wider cultural struggle in Italy involving society, cinema, and sexuality between the 1940s and 1970s. Besides tracing the evolution of representations through both art and popular films, this book also analyses connections with consumer culture, film criticism and politics. Giori uncovers how complicated negotiations between challenges to and valorization of dominant forms of knowledge of homosexuality shaped representations and argues that they were not always the outcome of hatred but also sought to convey unmentionable pleasures and complicities. Through archival research and a survey of more than 600 films, the author enriches our understanding of thirty years of Italian film and cultural history.

About the authors

Mauro Giori is Assistant Professor at Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy. His most recent books include Scandalo e banalità (2012) and Nell’ombra di Hitchcock (2015).


Reviews

“In this wonderfully researched, lucidly organised book, Mauro Giori does not so much take us beyond the internationally renowned gay cinema of Visconti and Pasolini as place this in the extraordinarily rich, elusive and thrilling cinema of its time. His book is more than a fascinating overview of homosexuality in Italian cinema in a period exciting equally for the richness of Italian cinema and the emergence of gay identities. It is also a new kind of gay film history, weaving together film texts with production and censorship, gossip and scandal, festivals, criticism and cinemagoing, all beautifully contextualised in relation to the politics and culture of the times. This is a model of historical research and a vibrant account of an astonishing moment in queer culture.” (Richard Dyer, Professor of Film Studies, King’s College London, UK)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Homosexuality and Italian Cinema
Book Subtitle
From the Fall of Fascism to the Years of Lead
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-56593-8
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-56593-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-56592-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 272
Number of Illustrations and Tables
11 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour
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