This section of «Storia e problemi contemporanei» explores how the concepts of generation, identity and memory of the 1968 movement are intertwined. More specifically, it studies portraits of 1968 on television and on the big screen, and in doing so it offers new interpretative approaches to an extremely vital, important and complex period in Italy’s recent past. The key questions addressed in the three papers, which are included in this special section, are the following: how is the generational paradigm constructed in movies about 1968? Who are the main characters and the "mythical" locations of 1968 that make it to the big screen? Finally, how do history and memory relate to one another in these productions?