Before and After Silvio: A Corpus for Us All
Italian Political Cinema: Public Life, Imaginary, and Identity in Contemporary Italian Film
Rarely has a contemporary political leader received more cinema attention than Silvio Berlusconi. Since Federico Fellini's Ginger e Fred in 1986, more than thirty-three narrative or documentary films focusing on Berlusconi - or evoking him in a substantial way - have been made, targeting national and international audiences. Currently one more film by director Roberta Torre is in pre-production and presumable more will be made in the near future. Even for a political leader of his longevity, the proliferation of films on Berlusconi is unprecedented and this phenomenon invites attention. This essay, which is an extract of a monograph on Berlusconi in cinema, offers first insight into the representation of Lilvio Berlusconi's cultural and political significations in film and provides and ample cinematic corpus for further analysis.
Marini-Maio, Nicoletta. "Before and After Silvio: A Corpus for Us All." In Italian Political Cinema: Public Life, Imaginary, and Identity in Contemporary Italian Film, edited by Giancarlo Lombardi and Christian Uva, 45-55. Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang, 2016.