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dc.contributor.authorBertellini, Giorgio
dc.date.issued2019
dc.date.submitted2019-03-04 18:50:11
dc.date.submitted2020-04-01T10:50:40Z
dc.identifier1004264
dc.identifierOCN: 1048014934
dc.identifierhttp://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/25825
dc.description.abstractIn the climate of isolationism, nativism, democratic expansion of civic rights, and consumerism that America experienced after the First World War, Italian-born movie star Rudolph Valentino and Italy’s dictator, Benito Mussolini, became surprisingly appealing emblems of authoritarian male power. Drawing on extensive research in the United States and Italy, Bertellini’s work shows how the political and erotic popularity of Valentino, the Divo, and Mussolini, the Duce, was not just the result of spontaneous popular enthusiasm. Instead, Bertellini argues, it also depended on the efforts of public opinion managers, including publicists, journalists, and even ambassadors. As such, the fame of the Divo and the Duce reveals both the converging publicity work undertaken in Hollywood and Washington since the Great War and the extent to which their foreignness was put to work in managing postwar anxieties about democratic governance. Beyond the democratic celebrations of the Jazz Age, this promotion of charismatic masculinity, while short-lived, inaugurated the now-familiar convergence of popular celebrity and political authority.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.rightsopen access
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HB History
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JF Society & culture: general::JFD Media studies
dc.subject.othersilent cinema
dc.subject.otherfascism
dc.subject.othercelebrity
dc.subject.otherfilm stardom
dc.subject.otherdictatorship
dc.subject.otherdemocracy
dc.subject.otherpromotion
dc.subject.otherpublicity
dc.subject.othercharisma
dc.titleThe Divo and the Duce
dc.title.alternativePromoting Film Stardom and Political Leadership in 1920s America
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.1525/luminos.62
oapen.relation.isPublishedBy19856893-4bf2-4e3e-9137-c7692d64e4c1
virtual.oapen_relation_isPublishedBy.publisher_nameUniversity of California Press
virtual.oapen_relation_isPublishedBy.publisher_websitewww.ucpress.edu
oapen.relation.isbn9780520301368
oapen.collectionToward an Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME)
oapen.pages329
oapen.place.publicationOakland


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