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Movies about fascism?

Asked by Written (825points) March 24th, 2011

I have a history assignment about fascism. Are there any movies about it? So far, the only movies that I read were made about it, are Italian ones. Any ideas?

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bolwerk's avatar

Well, what context are you looking for? Leni Riefenstahl is hard to ignore. She was a propaganda filmmaker for the nazis, and died only in 2003, perhaps the last living person to have banged Der Fuhrer himself.

If you’re looking for films that just are topically about fascism or nazism, there have been several out of Hollywood in recent years: Inglorious Basterds and Valkyrie are recent examples.

janbb's avatar

Life is Beautiful
Tea with Mussolini
The Pianist
In Love and War
Schindler’s List
Pan’s Labyrinth
Richard III Ian McEllan production

Michael_Huntington's avatar

inb4VforVendetta. It’s more “Liberals vs Conservatives” than “Anarchy vs Fascism” like the graphic novel
I second @janbb‘s choice of “Pan’s Labyrinth”. If you have the stomach, I can also recommend some extreme movies (“Men Behind the Sun”, “Salo”)

Written's avatar

Hm. Not really sure if I’m looking for a actual Hollywood film like Inglorious Basterds, The Pianist and Schindler’s List [even though those are amazing movies] or something like a documentary?

I’m looking about fascism in Itality. As far as my history knowledge goes, nazism wasn’t active in Itality back in the WWII era.

janbb's avatar

This tv mini-series looks more like what you are looking for.

In terms of feature films, both Tea with Mussolin and Life is Beautiful are set in Fascist Italy, as is The Garden of the Finzi-Continis.

Written's avatar

Thanks everyone. :)

robdamel's avatar

i second @mattbrowne , look up Die Welle, German for The Wave (Its a German Movie). Awesome movie, coincidentally i saw it last night.

Jay484's avatar

Swing kids is another movie about fascism

gailcalled's avatar

A classic documentary about Vichy France, the French resistance and the nazis. Two parts and thus very long, but riveting.

Le chagrin et la pitiƩ

Roberto Rossellini did a trilogy about fascism in Italy (disclaimer; I have not seen them).

Part of the synopsis: “Shot in battle-ravaged Italy and Germany, these three films are some of our most lasting, humane documents of devastated postwar Europe, containing universal images of both tragedy and hope.”

Seelix's avatar

Rome Open City.

gailcalled's avatar

@Seelix: ^^Rome Open City is part one of the Rossellini trilogy.

Seelix's avatar

@gailcalled – Ah, I didn’t realize it was part of a trilogy. I watched it in my Italian Cinema course a few years ago – it’s pretty good, I think. Very real.

flutherother's avatar

The Lives of Others is a very good film about the Stasi, the East German secret police.

Ladymia69's avatar

Salo:120 Days of Sodom…that one should be enough.

filmfann's avatar

I would start with Chaplin’s The Great Dictator

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