An Investigative Cinema

Politics and Modernization in Italian, French, and American Film

Authors: Cilento, Fabrizio

  • Offers a new approach that blends and expands upon national cinema studies, the author theory, and genre theory
  • Analyzes films and television series across European and American traditions, such as The Battle of Algiers, Even the Rain to Homeland, No., and The Parallax ViewGomorrah
  • Explores the careers of actors Gian Maria Volonté and Gael García Bernal in the light of transnational stardom theory
  • Examines the centrality of investigative cinema in relation to the historical conjunctures of the “economic miracle” in Italy, the simultaneous decolonization and reordering of culture in France, the waves of globalization and neoliberalism in post-dictatorial Latin America, and the post-Watergate, and post-9/11 climate in US society
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This book traces the development of investigative cinema, whose main characteristic lies in reconstructing actual events, political crises, and conspiracies. These documentary-like films refrain from a simplistic reconstruction of historical events and are mainly concerned with what does not immediately appear on the surface of events. Consequently, they raise questions about the nature of the “truth” promoted by institutions, newspapers, and media reports. By highlighting unanswered questions, they leave us with a lack of clarity, and the questioning of documentation becomes the actual narrative. Investigative cinema is examined in relation to the historical conjunctures of the “economic miracle” in Italy, the simultaneous decolonization and reordering of culture in France, the waves of globalization and neoliberalism in post-dictatorial Latin America, and the post-Watergate, post-9/11 climate in US society. Investigative cinema is exemplified by the films Salvatore Giuliano, The Battle of Algiers, The Parallax View, Gomorrah, Zero Dark Thirty, and Citizenfour.

About the authors

Fabrizio Cilento is Associate Professor of Film and Digital Media at Messiah College, USA. His essays have appeared in numerous journals and edited collections, and explore the intersection between politics, recent history, and the aesthetics of moving images.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: Any Resemblance to Real Persons or Actual Facts Is [Not] Purely Coincidental

    Cilento, Fabrizio

    Pages 1-13

  • Neorealism and the Double Stain: Television and Italian High Modernist Filmmakers

    Cilento, Fabrizio

    Pages 15-67

  • Objectively False: French Cinema and the Algerian Question

    Cilento, Fabrizio

    Pages 69-94

  • Stars and Stardom in Investigative Cinema: The Movies of Gian Maria Volonté and Gael García Bernal

    Cilento, Fabrizio

    Pages 95-147

  • The Ontology of Replay: The Zapruder Video and American Conspiracy Films

    Cilento, Fabrizio

    Pages 149-178

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Hardcover $84.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
An Investigative Cinema
Book Subtitle
Politics and Modernization in Italian, French, and American Film
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-92681-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-92681-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-92680-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 299
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations, 16 illustrations in colour
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