Philip Cooke, Gianluca Fantoni
Where Do We Go from Here? The Moral and Material Reconstruction of Italian Cinema after World War II (1945–1955)
This article offers an analysis of Italian cinema over the years 1945–1955, taking into account a number of issues the ‘men of cinema’, i. e. producers and authors, had to deal with during this troubled decade. These include the material constraints of the early postwar years, censorship and the Cold War political climate, and the need to establish new political relations, particularly with the aim of obtaining a protectionist legislation for cinema. These aspects will be briefly touched upon in the first part of the article, with the aim of providing a framework within which to set the analysis that follows, which discusses a variety of film genres relating to the Second World War.