|RIVISTA DI STUDI ITALIANI|
|Anno XXIII , n° 2, Dicembre 2005 ( Cinema )||pag. 84-95|
FABLE AND REALITY IN COMENCINI'S
|GIOVANNA DE LUCA|
CUNY, New York
In his many films devoted to children, Luigi Comencini has always expressed his belief that "childhood is the only great moment of freedom for the human being". Descending into the world of childhood means to approach it as a tool of knowledge. The narrative, which is constructed like a fairytale and a
history at the same time, allows the director to play with the dialectic clash between reality and the imagination. In so doing he reopens a channel of communication for the adult viewer that had been closed by established social rules. The child, according to Comencini, becomes the carrier of the primitive truth that man has lost in entering the society of adults, a society that is willing to welcome only those who accept its rules.
Childhood, Bildungsroman, freedom, fable, fairytale, reality, 1968, Mikhail Bakhtin, Northrop Frye, cultural revolution, feminism.
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