Tra madre e padre. Immagini di educazione familiare nel cinema degli anni Cinquanta

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This paper proposes an analysis of the relationship between parenting in the Italian families of the 1950s. Following the suggestions of the recent Visual History, the cinema is been chosen as a historical document to reconstruct the relationships between mother and father, who started slowly redefining during “longest decade of the short century”. The paternal code, which neorealist cinema describes in all its problematic nature, and the maternal code that the melò conveys in an ambiguous way, are described as two separate worlds that only in the genre of the comedy seems to initiate their re-composition. The filmmaking of the 1950s offered the model of the nuclear family, that was characterized by a hierarchy set in the mother-father relationship that makes the dialogue difficult and excludes the practice of a generative reciprocity.
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)191-201
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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