The politics of dubbing: film censorship and state intervention in the translation of foreign cinema in Fascist Italy

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Abstract

During the late 1920s and the 1930s, the Italian government sought various commercial and politically oriented solutions to cope with the advent of new sound technologies in cinema. The translation of foreign-language films became a recurrent topic of ongoing debates surrounding the use of the Italian language, the rebirth of the national film industry and cinema’s mass popularity.

Through the analysis of state records and the film trade press, The Politics of Dubbing explores the industrial, ideological and cultural factors that played a role in the government’s support for dubbing. The book outlines the evolution of film censorship regulation in Italy and its interplay with film translation practices, discusses the reactions of Mussolini’s administration to early Italian-language talkies produced abroad and documents the state’s role in initiating and encouraging Italians’ habit of watching dubbed films.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherPeter Lang International Academic Publishers
Number of pages180
ISBN (Print)9783034318389
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016

Publication series

NameNew Trends in Translation Studies

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