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Blood in the StreetsHistories of Violence in Italian Crime Cinema$
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Austin Fisher

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474411721

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411721.001.0001

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Italian Crime Films and the Years of Lead

Italian Crime Films and the Years of Lead

(p.20) Chapter 1 Italian Crime Films and the Years of Lead
Blood in the Streets

Austin Fisher

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter places Italy's 1970s within a broad continuum in post-war Western Europe, in which wartime schisms were silenced and shelved, only to reappear decades later into a transformed cultural landscape. An attendant sense of national 'taking stock' manifested itself in an acute awareness of the weight of the past, and of the present moment's significance as a turning point in Italian history. The chapter analyses this point in detail by looking at the influence of the USA in the post-war years, with a particular focus on Italy's film industry. As a barometer for the intimate economic and cultural relationship between the two nations, Italian cinema embodied wider tensions between the local and the global, and the 'crime film' is taken as a case in point.

Keywords:   Post-war, Italian Crime Films, US influence, 1970s Italy

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