Editor: Flavia Brizio-Skov
Editor info: Professor of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures (Italian)
Publication Date: November 2011
Publisher: Tauris Academic Studies
Synopsis: The book shows how popular film genres like horror films, Italian style comedy, and spaghetti westerns are interconnected with the political and cultural currents in their moment of history, and how they serve as sophisticated instruments for both representing and shaping collective attitudes towards the seismic social changes occurring from the end of World War II to the turmoil of the 1960s and 1970s. The works treated in this volume not only offer new readings of the vastly popular Peplum “sword and sandal” films and spaghetti westerns but also of the people and society who created them and enjoyed them.