Recent years have seen an increased interest in issues of national
identity and representation, and cinema is a major medium where
strands and layers of representational systems come together in
cross-cultural dialogues. Beauty and the Beast provides an account
of the specific development of depictions of Italy and the Italians
in British cinema. Girelli draws upon cultural and social history
to assess the ongoing function of Italianness in British film, and
its crucial role in defining and challenging British national
identity. Drawing on British literary and filmic tradition to
analyse the rise of specific images of the Italian Other, this book
makes original use of archival material such as WWII footage and a
selected corpus of significant British films.
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