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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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Nostalgic Gangsters and the Mafia Filone

Nostalgic Gangsters and the Mafia Filone

(p.77) Chapter 3 Nostalgic Gangsters and the Mafia Filone
Blood in the Streets

Austin Fisher

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines a filone of mafia films that proliferated in Italy between 1972 and 1974, and analyses how they inherit, recycle and perpetuate a number of pre-existing popular myths that frame the mafia as a repository for elegiac nostalgia. Transatlantic myths that crystallised in The Godfather are themselves shown to emerge from traditions of representation and stereotyping, in which the mafia film has always acted as a chronicle of cultural displacement. The Italian mafia film, meanwhile, is shown to be a component part of a broader tendency to stereotype the 'backward' southern regions of Italy as a window into the nation's history and a forum for taking stock of the contemporary moment in relation to a benighted past. The mafia filone of 1972-1974 is thereby seen to be an illuminating document of production decisions, marketing ploys and ruminations on the state of contemporary Italy.

Keywords:   Mafia films, The Godfather, Mafia stereotypes, Italian mafia films

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