Program Preview November 2019

October 25 to December 4, 2019

O partigiano! Pan-European Partisan Film

Film Museum-Viennale Retrospective

In the aftermath of World War II, several (especially newly formed) European states started reconstructing and reimagining their identities and recent histories through a vast production of films that celebrated and commemorated their guerrilla struggles against fascism. These films ranged in scope and ambition from psychological to overblown military spectacles, from elegiac remembrances to pure pulp fiction. Particularly in former socialist federations of Soviet Union and Yugoslavia, they performed a key role in constructing a sense of history.
Our joint retrospective for the first time makes evident the international dimension of this cinematic production. [...]