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History and Heritage Seminar Series: Italy Through the Red Lens: Italian Politics and Society in Communist Propaganda Films (1946-79) Book Launch

Dr Gianluca Fantoni and Professor Philip Cooke

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Nottingham Trent University invites you to participate in an online History and Heritage seminar series. This online seminar series brings together experts covering a variety of topics relating to history and heritage

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This book offers the first comprehensive analysis of the role of cinema in the communication strategy of the Italian Communist party (the PCI). It examines the entire period during which the party had a systematic and organized approach to cinematographic production, starting with the early experiments in 1946 and concluding with the closure of PCI film company Unitelefilm at the end of the 1970s. Its analysis sheds light on a range of issues, such as the relationship between the party and Italian intellectuals, the Stalinist imprint of the Italian Communist Party and the historical significance of the Salerno turn, the PCI’s relationship with the student movements in 1968 and 1977, and the PCI’s response to the rise in political violence in the 1970s. Ultimately, the book demonstrates that cinema was essential to the PCI’s propaganda effort.

The seminar will present a discussion of the book, also through the video-essay The Other Church (PART 2): Pace, lavoro e libertà (1951). An Analysis, by Dr Gianluca Fantoni.

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