Abstract/Details

Illusions of gardens, conformity and beauty: Performing normality in three Italian Holocaust films

Maron, Jeremy.   Carleton University (Canada) ProQuest Dissertations Publishing,  2006. MR23307.

Abstract (summary)

This thesis examines three Italian films, focusing on how the films represent Italian life at the time of the Holocaust, and how these representations reflect shifts in understanding regarding the experience of the Holocaust in Italy. Chapter One explores how the political environment for the Jewish characters in Vittorio De Sica's The Garden of the Finzi-Continis disposes them to perform their daily lives as normally as possible while anti-Semitic legislation deteriorates their rights as Italian citizens. Chapter Two examines Bernardo Bertolucci's The Conformist in terms of a split between the surface illusion of normality, manifest in the film's polished aesthetics and the calm veneer of its protagonist, and the volatile reality lurking beneath. Chapter Three examines how Roberto Benigni's Life is Beautiful makes explicit what had been left implicit in the previous two films: i.e., that official accounts of the Italian experience of the Holocaust have promoted as fact what is best seen as a fable.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Motion pictures;
Holocaust studies
Classification
0900: Film studies
0507: Holocaust Studies
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Benigni, Roberto; Bertolucci, Bernardo; De Sica, Vittorio
Title
Illusions of gardens, conformity and beauty: Performing normality in three Italian Holocaust films
Author
Maron, Jeremy
Number of pages
111
Degree date
2006
School code
0040
Source
MAI 45/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
978-0-494-23307-8
University/institution
Carleton University (Canada)
University location
Canada -- Ontario, CA
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertation or Thesis
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
MR23307
ProQuest document ID
305353266
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
https://www.proquest.com/docview/305353266/fulltextPDF