After the Apocalypse: Repression and Resistance

  • Simone Brioni
  • Daniele Comberiati
Part of the Studies in Global Science Fiction book series (SGSF)


The aim of this chapter is to analyze five Italian apocalyptic films produced in the 1960s, and to explore how they have reflected Italy’s ongoing social and economic changes. Ugo Gregoretti’s Omicron (1963) speaks about the fear of the Americanization of Italy’s culture, and the effect of alienation in a consumerist society. Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow’s L’ultimo uomo della Terra captures a transitional moment, and Italy’s ambiguous status as both a colonizing and neocolonial country with strong political and economic ties to the United States. Liliana Cavani’s I cannibali (1970) expresses the fear of authoritarianism and political terrorism after the civil rights protest of 1968.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simone Brioni
    • 1
  • Daniele Comberiati
    • 2
  1. 1.Stony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA
  2. 2.Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3MontpellierFrance

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