Created By: Maklodes on January 23, 2012 Last Edited By: Arivne on October 5, 2017

Italian Neorealism

In the Grim Darkness of mid-20th century Italy, there is only despair.

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If Fascist Italy covered up the truth about Italian society, Italian Neorealism was a post-fascist and late-fascist attempt at Brutal Honesty: show just how much life can suck for the people at the bottom rung of society. While many neorealist films are critically acclaimed, Italians eventually grew tired of despair: directors such as Pier Paolo Pasolini ultimately took Italian cinema in a less strictly realistic, to some extent, Lighter and Softer direction, but neorealism clearly retained its influence on later works: Uccellaci E Uccellini may not be strictly realistic, but the focus on the struggles of mere material existence shows lingering neorealist influence.

Tropes often seen in Italian Neorealism include:

Notable Neorealist films include:

Thought: should other films that might be considered spiritual kin to Italian Neorealism even when they do not strictly fit into its boundaries, such as Grave of the Fireflies and The Grapes of Wrath, be included?
Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • January 24, 2012
    Very good, but shouldn't the title being in English?
  • January 24, 2012
    Would the film Two Women count?
  • January 24, 2012
    Anglicized the title (was originally Neorealismo Italiano). Initially, I was just doing films that already had trope pages, but I guess listing some ones that don't have them yet might be a good way to encourage work pages for them.
  • January 28, 2012
    • Ossessione (Obsession)
    • Paisà (Paisan)
    • Roma, Città Aperta (Rome, Open City)

    You could probably make a separate sub-heading for films influenced by the Neorealism movement.
  • January 28, 2012
    ^ So those would be Neo-neorealistic films? ;-) ;-) ;-)
  • January 28, 2012
    BlueIceTea: Any films you have in mind for films influenced by Neorealism? (I'm wondering whether you mean post-Neorealist Italian cinema like Pasolini or more non-Italian cinema with somewhat Neorealist thematics, like Grave of the Fireflies?
  • January 30, 2012
    Nah, I wasn't thinking of any films in particular. Just answering the question you asked at the bottom of your post. Although... you could probably include a note about its influence on the French New Wave...
  • March 19, 2013
    After The End is not the right trope. Might be better to say that many of these films turn WWII into a Great Offscreen War.

    Is there any Word Of God from creators outside Italy on being influenced by the era?
  • December 24, 2016
    Adding Umberto D
  • December 25, 2016
    Is this going to be a Useful Note?
  • October 5, 2017
    Yes, I agree that this genre should be approved.