The Italian representation of terrorism is a heterogeneous corpus of illuminating shards, revealing fragments, sometimes even isolated frames, all of which provide useful insights for interpreting the phenomenon. There is no single work or group of works that accommodates all the criteria of a “model film” on the subject. For this reason, the following essay discusses a broad range of film (and in some cases television) texts—western, political, poliziesco, auteur, revisionist, generically unclassifiable—that directly or indirectly address terrorism as historical and ideological reality. In so doing, the essay provides a chronological survey of the changing representations of and discourses around terrorism in Italy, on the large and small screen.
Uva, C. (2017). The Representation of Terrorism in Italian Cinema. In BURKE FRANK (a cura di), A Companion to Italian Cinema (pp. 268-282). Malden-Oxford : Wiley-Blackwell.