7. The Subjects of History

Italian Filmmakers as Historians

  1. Robert A. Rosenstone2 and
  2. Constantin Parvulescu3
  1. Marcia Landy

Published Online: 19 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118322673.ch7

A Companion to the Historical Film

A Companion to the Historical Film

How to Cite

Landy, M. (2013) The Subjects of History, in A Companion to the Historical Film (eds R. A. Rosenstone and C. Parvulescu), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118322673.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Caltech, USA

  2. 3

    West University of Timisoara, Romania

Author Information

  1. University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 FEB 2013
  2. Published Print: 25 JAN 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444337242

Online ISBN: 9781118322673



  • history;
  • Italian cinema;
  • national and imperial identity;
  • poverty;
  • The Talkies under fascism;
  • Italian history;
  • Visconti's epic;
  • comedy


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Myth and/as Monumental History; Cabiria

  • The Historical Imaginary: The Talkies under Fascism

  • Dissecting History as Melodramatic Spectacle: The Case of Visconti

  • Counter-History as Pedagogy: The Rise to Power of Louis XIV

  • History as Memory of Fascism

  • A Different Memory of Fascism: Counter-History II

  • Counter-History as Investigation and Detection in the Biopic

  • Summary

  • References