|Abstract||The research examines the cinematic propaganda films commissioned by the Christian Democrat party and the Italian Communist Party in the period between the Second World War and the Sixties. These films, made from propaganda sections of party in order to use the power of cinema to effectively achieve their potential voters and activists, have played a central role in the Communist and Catholic imagery. This production, which increases during the election campaign, is continued until the Seventies, peaking in the phase between the first general elections of 1948 and the second half of the Sixties. This is a very diverse group of works, consisting of both fiction and documentary films, but also sketches and animated films , all short-or medium-length.
These materials have been forgotten for years. In more recent times they have been recovered, cataloged and digitized to make them available to scholars and to prevent their total disappearance. The majority of Christian Democrat movies today is owned by the Istituto Luigi Sturzo of Rome, that only since 2005 has made possible the consultation. Instead, most of the movies due to PCI is currently in the Archivio Audiovisivo del Movimento Operaio e Democratico, based in Rome, which houses audio-visual materials for the trade unions and the left. The digitization of these movies and the ability to search online as well to preserve them has offered a great help to the research, because through it the movies, hardly available on traditional media, can be seen more easily... [edited by Author]||en_US