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Taking PlaceLocation and the Moving Image$
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John David Rhodes and Elena Gorfinkel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665167

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665167.001.0001

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The Cinecittà Refugee Camp, 1944–50

The Cinecittà Refugee Camp, 1944–50

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Taking Place

Noa Steimatsky

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter explores the conversion of Rome’s Cinecittà film studios into a refugee camp in the immediate aftermath of World War II. It argues that as one recognizes its material and historical vicissitudes, its true magnitude, the duration of its existence, and the broader social and political forces that governed its development, the camp emerges as a hidden, obverse figure of neorealism. Archival documents and images, and the gaps that still plague the history of the camp, join in a description of the overlapping uses and meanings, the physical and figurative implications, of a uniquely warped space, at once actual and phantasmatic, allegorical and cinematic.

Keywords:   Rome, Cinecittà, film studios, refugee camp, Italian cinema, neorealism, space

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