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The film profession in the Balkans

The cinema industry and its protagonists from the seventies to date (in Italian)

edited by: Luisa Chiodi and Irene Dioli 
original title: Il mestiere del cinema nei Balcani. Storia di un'industria e dei suoi protagonisti dagli anni settanta ad oggi.
published by: Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso
pp: 120
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Twenty years after the end of the Cold War, the history of the cinema industry offers a privileged perspective for a study of socio-political, economic, and cultural transformations in South East Europe. The movie industry seems to have shaped, more than any other, the imaginaries of Balkan societies.

Through the individual memories produced by the historical discontinuities the protagonists of this crucial economic sector experienced, the research seeks to investigate the transformation of the cinema industry as well as the region's socio-political developments.

In the light of both the individual narratives and the study of primary and secondary sources, the essay portraits the complex relationship between the cinema industry and the political regimes, the radical crisis of the nineties, and the internationalisation process of the 21st century, highlighting the changing relationship between a profession and the wider social context.

 

Table of contents

Introduction, Luisa Chiodi 
 
Irene Dioli, Kinoslavia: from Tito to globalisation. a comparative analysis of the cinema industry in (former) Yugoslav countries
The Yugoslav cinema under the Communist regime: from the seventies to 1989
The crisis of the cinema between the market and the war: the nineties
A new international dimension: the (shortest) 21st century
 
Francesco Martino, Where do we go from here? The Bulgarian cinema industry through the words of its protagonists
The fall of the regime and the cinema industry’s crisis
The new millennium: searching for a possible future
 
Eldon Gjikaj and Artan Puto,  The Albanian cinema industry between self-censorship and nostalgia
Ideologization and de-individualization of the cinema
Censorship, self-censorship and grotesque
The great change after 1990: the present and the nostalgia of the future

The Balkans’ “Cinecittà"
 
Filmography
 
Bibliography and Sitography 

Index

Chapter-by-chapter

KINOSLAVIA: FROM TITO TO GLOBALISATION. A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE CINEMA INDUSTRY IN (FORMER) YUGOSLAV COUNTRIES
The chapters in this section deal with the relationship between the cinema industry and the Communist regime, the crisis brought along by wars and market forces in the nineties, and the role of globalisation in the most recent developments in the field.
 
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? THE BULGARIAN CINEMA INDUSTRY THROUGH THE WORDS OF ITS PROTAGONISTS
This section explores the crisis of Bulgarian cinema industry after the demise of the regime and the new opportunities and challenges found post-2000.
 
THE ALBANIAN CINEMA INDUSTRY BETWEEN SELF-CENSORSHIP AND NOSTALGIA
This chapter analyses issues of ideologisation and massification in Albanian cinema, with special focus on censorship, self-censorship, and grotesque.

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