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Between education and propaganda. The Catholic world and documentary films in the years of the pontificate of Pius XII
Journal Title: MONDO CONTEMPORANEO 
Author/s: Mariangela Palmieri 
Year:  2021 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  20 Pg. 91-110 FullText PDF:  285 KB
DOI:  10.3280/MON2021-001003
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The paper analyzes the use of documentary films by Catholics in the 1940s and 1950s, during the pontificate of Pius XII. Research on the relationship be-tween cinema and Catholics has so far mainly focused on fiction films. Further research on archival documents, however, has shown that Catholics also payed attention to the documentary as both a pedagogical and propaganda tool. To promote documentaries, Catholics followed three lines: first, they produced doc-umentaries on their own; second, they had them realized by external production companies close to the Catholic world; third, they distributed documentaries of their own interest in their circuits (parish halls, Christian Democracy sections) and the industrial ones (through the compulsory programming system). Such docu-mentaries included those of anticommunist propaganda during election cam-paigns. In general, the documentary became part of the Catholics’ battle for cin-ema control.
Keywords: Catholics and cinema, documentary film, education and propaganda, Pius XII, Catholic world, Christian Democracy

Mariangela Palmieri, Between education and propaganda. The Catholic world and documentary films in the years of the pontificate of Pius XII in "MONDO CONTEMPORANEO" 1/2021, pp. 91-110, DOI:10.3280/MON2021-001003

   

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