Conventional analyses of the Cold War rely on a static binary division between the US and the USSR. This article, focusing on art and film production in Italy between 1946 and 1963, reveals a more complex and dynamic interaction between cultures beyond this binary. In Cold War Italy,
important cultural exchanges and networks emerged across political, national and intellectual boundaries. By placing an Italian case study at the centre of the analysis, we propose more generally that Cold War art and cinema should be read as culturally inventive, politically charged and globally
networked in unexpected ways. These networks provide us with new directions for understanding Cold War cultures and how they presage present-day globalisation.
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