Dr Daniela Treveri Gennari

Principal Lecturer, Programme Lead for DMP and Film Studies, Reader


Daniela Treveri Gennari is Reader in Film Studies. She works on post-war popular cinema and her particular interests are audiences, film exhibition and programming, as well as issues of censorship, Catholic influence on cinema history in general and more specifically on the development of Italian film industry between 1945 and 1960.

Daniela is currently:

  • Leading a AHRC Follow on Funding project ICAMAP: Mapping cinema experience as living knowledge across Italy’s generational divide. The funding will enable Daniela, who is the Principle Investigator of the project working with colleagues from the Universities of Bristol and Exeter, to continue her AHRC funded research on Italian cinema audiences (www.italiancinemaaudiences.org)
  • Leading the British Academy/Leverhulme funded Mapping European Cinema: A Comparative Project on Cinema-Going Experiences in the 1950s (www.europeancinemaaudiences.org) in collaboration with the Universities of Ghent (Belgium) and Leicester (UK).
  • Editing the volume Cinema Outside the City: Rural Cinema-going from a Global Perspective (Palgrave,forthcoming 2017) with Danielle Hipkins and Catherine O’Rawe.

Daniela is involved as a consultant in a project on ‘The role of Italian cinema in the process of negotiation of the social and religious conflicts of the years 1945-1960’, funded by the University of Milan and the Ministry for the University and Research. Moreover, she is part of the DICIS – Digital Cinema Studies research project developed by Ghent University and funded by the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO), whose main focus is to bring the international expertise together in workshops and seminars on digital cinema studies.

Daniela is also leading a research group of film studies and education scholars on film literacy in primary education. Her pilot project Visual and cultural literacy through film in the primary phase, was presented with Lindsay Steenberg at a Film literacy event organized at Oxford Brookes University (where representatives from the BFI Education, Film Education, Oxford City Council as well as leading academics discussed the future of film and media education) and at the NSEAD National Conference Artist Teacher Scheme ‘Creative futures at the heart of art, craft and design education’ (March 2013).

Undergraduate teaching

  • U64001 Key Issues in Film Studies 1
  • Special Subject in Film Studies (on Digital cinema methodologies)

Postgraduate teaching

  • P64003 Popular European Cinema


  • Cinema Audiences
  • Film Exhibition
  • Memories of cinema-going
  • Post-war Italian cinema
  • Americanization of Italian cinema
  • Censorship in cinema
  • Popular European cinema
  • Film literacy in primary education


Cinema Outside the City: Rural Cinema-going from a Global Perspective (eds. by Daniela Treveri Gennari, Danielle Hipkins and Catherine O’Rawe) (Palgrave) forthcoming 2017.

Moralizing cinema: Film Catholicism and Power (eds. by Daniel Biltereyst and Daniela Treveri Gennari) Routledge (New York) December 2014.

The Phoenix Picturehouse. 100 years of Oxford Cinema Memories (London: Picturehouse Publications) 2013, written with Deborah Allison and Hiu M. Chan.

Post-war Italian Cinema. American Intervention, Vatican Interests, Routledge (New York) 2008.


Moralizing cinema while attracting audiences: Catholic film exhibition in post-war Rome. In Moralizing cinema: Film Catholicism and Power (eds. by Daniel Biltereyst and Daniela Treveri Gennari) Routledge (New York) forthcoming December 2014.

Repicturing the Myth: American characters in post-war Italian cinema. In Memories of WWII: Redefining the Self and the Nation in Post-War Europe (Berghahn Books, forthcoming 2014)

Catholicism and Neorealism: Zavattini’s contribution to Universalia-produced Prima Comunione, (Blasetti, 1950). In Religion, Mysticism and Heresy in Italian Culture (Palgrave, forthcoming 2014).

Blessed cinema: Catholcism, censorship and film industry in post-war Italy, In Biltereyst, D. and Winkel, V. (ed.) Silencing Cinema (Palgrave, 2013).

Journal Articles

Mapping Cinema Memories: Emotional Geographies of Cinemagoing in Rome in the 1950s, Memories Studies, January 2017 (with Pierluigi Ercole and Catherine O'Rawe)

Cinema Heritage in Europe: Preserving and sharing culture by engaging with film exhibition and audiences (Special Issue of Alphaville, edited with Pierluigi Ercole and Silvia Dibeltulo), July 2016)

‘Un mondo che pensavo impossibile’: al cinema in Italia negli anni Cinquanta (written in collaboration with Danielle Hipkins, Catherine O’Rawe, Silvia Dibeltulo and Sarah Culhane), Cinema and Storia, July 2016

Memories in context: the social and economic function of cinema in 1950s Rome (written in collaboration with Professor John Sedgwick, 2015), Film History, July 2015

“If you have seen it, you cannot forget!” Film consumption and memories of cinema-going in 1950s Rome (The Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, 2014).

Treveri-Gennari, Daniela, Catherine O'Rawe & Danielle Hipkins. 'In Search of Italian Cinema Audiences in the 1940s and 1950s: Gender, genre and national identity', Participations, Journal Of Audiences and Reception Studies, Volume 8, Issue 2 (November 2011)

A Regional Charm: Italian Comedy versus Hollywood, October (Spring 2009, No. 128: 51–68)

Did Neorealism start in church? Catholicism, cinema and the case of Mario Soldati’s Chi è Dio?, New Review of Film and Television Studies, Vol. 8, Number 2, June 2010, pp. 198-217.

Censorship and Fascination: The Relationship between the Church and the Theatre in Eighteenth Century Rome (Rome: Direzione dell’Editoria del Ministero dei Beni Culturali, 2001).

Dr Daniela Treveri Gennari


School of Arts

Oxford Brookes University
Headington Campus
Gipsy Lane
Oxford, OX3 0BP



Treveri Gennari

Moralizing Cinema Film, Catholicism, and Power

Edited by Daniel Biltereyst, Daniela Treveri Gennari

Published by: Routledge on December 2014

Treveri Gennari

Post-War Italian Cinema: American Intervention, Vatican Interests (Routledge Advances in Film Studies)

Daniela Treveri Gennari

Published by: Routledge on February 2009

Blessed cinema: Catholcism, censorship and film industry in post-war Italy, in 'Silencing Cinema: Film censorship around the world'

Biltereyst, D. and Winkel, V. (ed.)

Published by: Palgrave Macmillan on 18 March 2013

The Phoenix Picturehouse: 100 Years of Oxford Cinema Memories

Daniela Treveri, Deborah Allison and Hiu M. Chan.

Published by: Picturehouse Publications on 23 November 2013