Television documentary, history and memory. An analysis of Sergio Zavoli's The Gardens of Abel
What is it about?
A study of a famous documentary about a transformed psychiatric hospital in 1968 in Italy. This article looks in detail at the programme itself, the claims that have been made about it and its role in terms of history and memory.
Why is it important?
This is the first study of this celebrated documentary (much cited, rarely discussed). It also explores different methodologies for studying a documentary of this kind.
The following have contributed to this page: Professor John Foot