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

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Proposed By:
Maklodes on Jan 23rd 2012 at 3:32:59 PM
Last Edited By:
Arivne on Oct 5th 2017 at 3:30:48 PM
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Page Type: Trope

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?

Feedback: 11 replies

Jan 24th 2012 at 12:41:52 PM

Very good, but shouldn't the title being in English?

Jan 24th 2012 at 4:12:48 PM

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.

Jan 28th 2012 at 3:16:06 AM

  • 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.

Jan 28th 2012 at 9:41:15 AM

^ So those would be Neo-neorealistic films? ;-) ;-) ;-)

Jan 28th 2012 at 8:02:35 PM

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?

Jan 30th 2012 at 2:06:11 AM

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...

Mar 19th 2013 at 4:43:24 PM

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?

Oct 5th 2017 at 3:30:48 PM

Yes, I agree that this genre should be approved.