Maklodes on Jan 23rd 2012 at 3:32:59 PM
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Arivne on Oct 5th 2017 at 3:30:48 PM
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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:
- Amateur Cast
- Crapsack World
- Perpetual Poverty
- War Is Hell, combined with a mild case of After the End following the destruction wrought by World War II.
Notable Neorealist films include:
- Bicycle Thieves
- Bitter Rice
- Germany, Year Zero
- I Vitelloni
- Ossessione (Obsession)
- Paisà (Paisan)
- Roma, Città Aperta (Rome, Open City)
- Two Women
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?
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