Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Oil Culture$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Ross Barrett and Daniel Worden

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816689682

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816689682.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM MINNESOTA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.minnesota.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Minnesota Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MNSO for personal use.date: 21 May 2022

From Isfahan to Ingolstadt

From Isfahan to Ingolstadt

Bertolucci’s La via del petrolio and the Global Culture of Neorealism

(p.145) 8 From Isfahan to Ingolstadt
Oil Culture

Georgiana Banita

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter analyzes Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1967 documentary La via del petrolio as an experimental attempt to visualize the flow of oil from Iranian fields to Italian refineries, an attempt that ultimately figures petroleum as a wondrous vehicle of transnational unity reconnecting post-World War II Europe. La via del petrolio (“The Oil Route”) was sponsored by ENI (Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi), Italy’s state-owned oil and gas company. The film uncovers how nationalist effusion dovetailed with petro-imperial overreach to weave a culture of exuberant potency, almost a corporate cult, around ENI and the future it promised for a dejected nation in the long aftermath of the war. This chapter examines how La via del petrolio relates to neorealism and suggests that it is a groundbreaking testament to how cinema as an art form and the industry of filmmaking overall can reflect a reality drenched in the promise of energy and petro-industrialization.

Keywords:   oil, Bernardo Bertolucci, La via del petrolio, Iran, ENI, Italy, neorealism, cinema, energy, petro-industrialization

Minnesota Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.