TheYears of Lead in Italy in 1960s and 1970swere considered a period ofsocio-political unrest that was marked by terrorism activities withpeople going far left and far-right based on what they believed ofthe existent system. Daniel Luchetti and Gabriele Salvatores haveproduced MyBrother is an Only Child andI`mnot Scaredrespectively, which depict the socio-political conflict in Italyduring the Years of Lead. The content of the movies has served todepict the struggles to political sanity in Italy during the time.This paper analyzes the two movies in the context of thesocio-political unrest in Italy during the years of Lead and thevarious factors that have been presented through the movies thatreflect on the current political sanity in the Italy.
BothMyBrother is an Only Child andI`m not Scaredhavean interesting endings meant to provide a clear picture of the stateof affairs in Italy during the years of Lead. Both movies begin on aloose end, which shows how the political state in Italy influencedthe mode of living for the people. In MyBrother is an Only Child, themovie starts on a rather saddening note where both Accio and Manricostand on different political grounds, which affect their relationshipas siblings. The movie shows how the political state of affairs inItaly led to Accio running away from their home after their mothersided for the Houses Party during voting. According to their mother,she believes that voting for the Houses Party will bring tranquillityin her home and her sons will be able to get along. However, theending of the movie is somehow frustrating to the audience when theysee Manrico being killed by the police but the audience sighs whenthey see Accio breaking into the inefficient houses and giving awayhome keys to the homeless. At the tail end of the movie, Accio liveshappily with his family, including his brother’s son. The movieends in a somewhat promising situation where Accio`s family is ableto sit together and bury their past, which is a show of optimism in aperiod when political affiliation mattered more than familyrelationships.
Theending of the movie, I`mnot Scaredis also similar with the MyBrother is an Only Child wherea message of hope and redemption is being communicated. Through themovie, the audience is subjected to viewing Fillipo`s suffering in anisolated place and how Michele struggles to his care even when no oneis concerned about his situation. In the last scene of the movie,Michele is shot by his own father, who rushes him to the hospital,Milan apprehended by the police, while Pino repents. Such a sceneshows a glimpse of hope to the audience on the political and socialsituation in Italy. In both movies, the actors seem become self wareof their actions, which seems to be a flicker of hope on developing apositive future for Italy.
HistorianChristopher Duggan provides explanatory information on the birth ofthe modern Italy. Duggan describes the social, cultural, andpolitical framework on which the modern Italy has been founded.Duggan describes how antagonism spread in the region from the northafter the region had been freed from Bourbon and Habsburg. Generally, Deggun has described the modern Italy as a country thatwas born out of hard lessons that the Italians had to undergo. Thefilmmakers have provided a similar picture as per Deggun`sdescription of how the Modern Italy came into being. In the MyBrother is an Only Child, thefilmmaker has shown antagonism in families and the cruelty amongpeople based on their political affiliation. Through the movie, thefilmmaker provides the audience with an image of how hard it is tolive in a country where family members are fighting over the politicsand forget that they are bound by blood. The similarity with Duggan`swork is that the content identifies with the history of the modernday Italy where antagonism had spread to the roots of the society,crumbling the social order and mystifying the aspects that hold thefamily (Duggan 66).
Thecontent of the movie, Iam not Scared alsoidentifies with the history that Christopher Duggins on thedevelopment of the modern Italy and the events that led to itsdevelopment. Based on the historical information provided by Duggins,the antagonism that was spreading was due to the historicalinjustices under the rule of Bourbon and Habsburg. In this movie,antagonism is evident through the movie. The kidnapping of Filliposhows the level of antagonism between the families in the regionwhere even the relationships among the children has truned sour. Thesour relationship between the children is evident when Michele feelsbeing threatened by Skull, and Salvatore shares Michele`s secretabout the existence of the boy. Through the movie, it is also evidentthat the parents to these young children are trying to pass on theantagonism that they have held, which they think will be the solutionto the political differences in the region. Even though not fullyevident as in the MyBrother is an Only Child, theevents in the last scene provide some light on how the actors becomeconscious of their actions. When Michele`s father shoots his own son,it will dawn to him that the people that they are hating and want tokill one of their sons is a child who deserves care just like his sonMichele. Such a scene shows how self consciousness has led to thedevelopment of the modern day Italy (Duggan 81).
BothMyBrother is an Only Child andIam not scared haveshown the difference in the generation of the young adults andchildren and their fathers. In both movies, the filmmakers have shownhow a difference in generation can bring a difference in the longheld assumptions and beliefs about other people. When children aregrowing, they usually do not understand what really is going on intheir community and they will mingle with each other regardless ofthe antagonism that their parents hold. Children have been used inboth films as agents of change where the situations that the childrenhave subjected their parents have led to the development of a changewithin the beliefs of the parents on various matters. In MyBrother is an Only Child, Accioacted as an agent of change despite the high level of antagonism thatwas depicted by the members of the community. Accio was a young adultwho was an extremist but after the members of the party that he wasaffiliated to burnt the car of his brother, he decided to drop hisstand on the party where he tore his membership card. From ananalysis, Accio realized that the political structure on which thesociety was founded was rotten and decided to flee to avoid anymisunderstanding with fellow family members and other communitymembers. However, Accio came as an agent of change where even afterthe police killed his brother, he was audacious enough to give homekeys to the homeless. In the movie on, Iam not scared alsoshows how the actions of the children led to the discovery of theantagonism that was underlay in their community. When Michele shothis own son, it was a wakeup call that all people were same and therewas a great need to treat everyone with respect in order to attainbalance in the society. In both movies, the people came to realizethat there was a great need to create an environment where everyoneloved each other unconditionally just like how the children and theyoung adults acted.
Insummary, both Iam not scared andMyBrother is an Only Child reflecton Italy`s history during 1960s and 1970s. The content of both movieshas reflected on the level of antagonism that existed at the time andhow family members differed greatly over political affiliations. Bothmovies provide the framework on which modern Italy was dounded andthe influence that the children and young adults had on influencingtheir parents over their stand on politics and antagonism.
Duggan,Christopher. TheForce of Destiny: A History of Italy Since 1796.Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2008. Print.