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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Fotoromanzo and cineromanzo (plural: fotoromanzi and cineromanzi) are a subgenre of Italian comics in which the story is told not by drawings, but by photos. Its English language equivalent is photonovel. This kind of graphic storytelling is typically Italian, in the sense that it reached its top popularity in Italian weeklies such as “Grand Hotel” and “Bolero Film” that, in in the late 1940s, sold by million copies and still sell well. The film “The White Sheik” by Federico Fellini deals with this specific genre of “fumetti”. The fotoromanzo also became popular in France, Spain and Latin America; in the USA it was never much appreciated.

Storytelling by sequential pictures which follow a script was, of course, experimented much before the Italian “boom” of “Fotoromanzi”.


Attori 1947-anni duemila

Per Grand Hotel

Tra gli attori protagonisti di fotoromanzi del settimanale Grand Hotel si ricordano:


Tra gli attori e le attrici che hanno partecipato a fotoromanzi per poi proseguire la loro carriera al cinema a teatro e nelle fiction televisive figurano:

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