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Masculinity and Italian CinemaSexual Politics, Social Conflict and Male Crisis in the 1970s$
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Sergio Rigoletto

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748654543

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748654543.001.0001

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Contesting National Memory:

Contesting National Memory:

Male Dilemmas and Oedipal Scenarios

(p.45) 3. Contesting National Memory
Masculinity and Italian Cinema

Sergio Rigoletto

Edinburgh University Press

It looks at two films made by Bertolucci - Spider’s Stratagem (1970) and The Conformist (1970) - which harness the Oedipal story to reflect on the conflict between the post-war and the post-1968 generations. Both films deal with the national memory of fascism but they do so in the light of the post-1968 critique of parental authority and a symbolic rejection of the nuclear family as a site of social oppression. This chapter looks at the opportunities that these films provide for thinking about the dilemmas of male subject formation and male sexuality in the context of 1970s Italy.

Keywords:   Oedipus, Bertolucci, Father, Fascism, Neorealism, Repression

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