Cuore and the cinema: reframing the Risorgimento for the First World War

Academic Article


  • During the years leading up to and during the First World War, patriotic films featuring self-sacrificing child protagonists formed an important sub-genre of Italian film production. This article looks at Film Artistica Gloria’s Cuore series (1915–1916), adapted from De Amicis’ novel, with particular attention given to the two war-themed films, Il tamburino sardo (UK: The Sardinian Drummer Boy, 1915) and La piccola vedetta lombarda (The Little Lookout from Lombardy, 1915). An examination of the way in which advertising, reviews, and promotional materials worked to reframe these Risorgimento stories within a new historical context shows how the transmedial relationship between the novel, films and paracinematic texts helped to transform De Amicis’s civically-minded patriotic tales into an endorsement of Italy’s intervention in the First World War.
  • Authors


    Publication Date

  • August 2019
  • Published In

  • Modern Italy  Journal
  • Keywords

  • Cuore
  • De Amicis
  • First World War
  • Risorgimento
  • silent film
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 281
  • End Page

  • 294
  • Volume

  • 24
  • Issue

  • 3