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  • 16.1 : 2007 : PDF: The Rome Institute of Educational Cinematography, Reactionary Modernism, and the Foundation of Film Studies by Zoë Druick
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    The Rome Institute of Educational Cinematography, Reactionary Modernism, and the Foundation of Film Studies

    by Zoë Druick

    Abstract: Tracing the forgotten history of the Rome Institute of Educational Cinematography (1928-1937) provides an opportunity to reexamine the role of the League of Nations in legitimizing the development of international cultural institutions during the inter-war period. This examination of the discourse that emerged around education and film in this context includes a consideration of the degree to which that discourse was influenced by the “reactionary modernism” that characterized the Fascist ideology within which the institute operated. Equally significant is the unique role the Institute played at a formative moment in the development of film studies.

    Résumé: En traçant l’histoire méconnue de l’Institut international du cinéma éducateur (1928-1937) de Rome, cet article réexamine comment la Ligue des nations a contribué à légitimer le développement d’institutions culturelles internationales pendant l’entre-guerre. Cet examen du discours entourant le cinéma et l’éducation dans ce contexte historique considère l’influence du « modernisme réactionnaire » qui caractérisait alors l’idéologie fasciste gouvernant l’Institut. L’auteure s’attarde aussi au rôle unique que l’Institut a joué dans l’évolution des études cinématographiques.

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