Screening internal exile
in Internal exile in Fascist Italy
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This chapter addresses the formula of internal exile as vacation through an examination of sixteen feature films, documentaries, and made-for-television movies released between 1960 and 2012 that depict the exile experience of mafiosi, prominent Italian intellectuals (Cesare Pavese, Carlo Rosselli, Giorgio Amendola, and Carlo Levi), and those considered politically suspect. In these texts, all of which fall under the generic classification of male melodrama, the event of internal exile serves as a convenient backdrop to narrate stories that are more pleasant and conform to the traditional logic of desire that dominates the classical cinema. As follows, the distressing events surrounding the practice of internal exile are disavowed and political confinement is reimagined as holiday.

Internal exile in Fascist Italy

History and representations of confino

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