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Author Reich, Jacqueline, 1965- author

Title The Maciste films of Italian silent cinema / Jacqueline Reich ; with an appendix by Claudia Gianetto (director) and Stella Dagna (archivist), Cineteca del Museo Nazionale del Cinema, Turin, Italy
Published Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2015]
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Contents Introduction: Why Maciste? -- The birth of the strongman: Italian silent cinema, stardom, and genre -- From slave to master: Cabiria (1914) and Maciste (1915) -- Maciste goes to war: Maciste Alpino (1916) -- Over there: the Maciste series, World War I, and American film culture -- Love, labor, and leadership: the Maciste series and modernity, 1919-1922 -- Muscling the nation: Benito Mussolini and the Maciste films of the 1920s -- Conclusion: The giant of the Dolomites and beyond -- Appendix by Claudia Gianetto and Stella Dagna, translated by Maria Elena d'Amelio -- Part 1: The restoration of the maciste series -- Part 2: Maciste: in focus -- Part 3: Filmography
Summary Italian film star Bartolomeo Pagano's "Maciste" played a key role in his nation's narratives of identity during World War I and after. Jacqueline Reich traces the racial, class, and national transformations undergone by this Italian strongman from African slave in Cabiria (1914), his first film, to bourgeois gentleman, to Alpine soldier of the Great War, to colonial officer in Italy's African adventures. Reich reveals Maciste as a figure who both reflected classical ideals of masculine beauty and virility (later taken up by Mussolini and used for political purposes) and embodied the model Italian citizen. The 12 films at the center of the book, recently restored and newly accessible to a wider public, together with relevant extra-cinematic materials, provide a rich resource for understanding the spread of discourses on masculinity, and national and racial identities during a turbulent period in Italian history. The volume includes an illustrated appendix documenting the restoration and preservation of these cinematic treasures
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Pagano, Bartolomeo, 1878-1947 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Masculinity in motion pictures.
Motion pictures -- Political aspects -- Italy.
Motion pictures -- Italy -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0253017483 (electronic bk)
9780253017482 (electronic bk)