Screening Fascism in the Free State: Italian Propaganda Films and Diplomacy in Ireland 1934-1940’
This article analyses the distribution of Italian fascist propaganda films in Ireland in relation to the diplomatic strategies adopted by the Italian embassy in Dublin between 1934 and 1940. Focusing on both the propaganda activities organised by the ambassadors Romano Lodi-Fè and Vicenzo Berardis and on related screenings of documentaries produced by the state owned L’Unione Cinematografica Educativa (LUCE; Union of Educational Cinematography), the article discusses the cultural and political context within which the LUCE’s films were exhibited and consumed. The article argues that the two ambassadors’ attitudes towards the potential influ- ence of fascism on Irish politics, and their use of the cinema as a persuasive tool, represented two distinct phases of Italian propaganda in the Irish Free State.
Citation : Ercole, P. (2014) Screening Fascism in the Free State: Italian Propaganda Films and Diplomacy in Ireland 1934-1940. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 34 (4), pp. 493-510
Research Group : Cinema and Television History Research Centre
Research Institute : Cinema and Television History Institute (CATHI)
Peer Reviewed : Yes
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