Memories in context: the social and economic function of cinema in 1950s Rome

Daniela Treveri Gennari, John David Sedgwick

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Abstract

During the 1950s, cinema in Italy blossomed, bringing film entertainment to Italians on an unprecedented scale. This study draws upon the testimony of 325 elderly Romans about their cinema going experiences during this period. Their memories are set in the particular context of the film programs that they (and fellow film goers) selected—information that is derived from daily newspapers and supplemented with trade listings of the most popular films screened in Rome. In producing a bottom-up account of cinema going, the paper contributes to the general debate about film culture in Italy in the postwar era.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-104
JournalFilm History: An International Journal
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2015

Keywords

  • postwar Italian cinema
  • roman audiences
  • oral history
  • film programming
  • film distribution
  • film tastes
  • cinemagoing

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