Stars and Stardom in Investigative Cinema: The Movies of Gian Maria Volonté and Gael García Bernal

  • Fabrizio Cilento


Gian Maria Volonté became famous interpreting real-life figures of postwar Italy whose beliefs were antithetical to those of his left-wing persona. The study focuses on the two versions, a decade apart (in 1976 and 1986), of Aldo Moro, the Christian Democrats president who was assassinated by Red Brigades in 1978. Volonté shot his last movies in Latin America, and it was a Mexican star that kept this heritage alive. Gael García Bernal played Ernesto Che Guevara in The Motorcycle Diaries while also appearing in commercials for Nike and Levi’s. Bernal’s stardom is one in which idealism, rebellion, and commerce coexist. In Even the Rain and No, Bernal self-reflexively problematizes his global popularity, following in Volonté’s tradition.

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  • Fabrizio Cilento
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  1. 1.Department of CommunicationMessiah CollegeMechanicsburgUSA

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