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Global Neorealism: The Transnational History of a Film Style

Saverio Giovacchini and Robert Sklar

Abstract

Intellectual, cultural, and film historians have long considered neorealism the founding block of post-World War II Italian cinema. Neorealism, the traditional story goes, was an Italian film style born in the second postwar period and aimed at recovering the reality of Italy after the sugarcoated moving images of Fascism. Lasting from 1945 to the early 1950s, it produced world-renowned masterpieces such as Roberto Rossellini’s Roma, città aperta (Rome, Open City, 1945) and Vittorio De Sica’s Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thieves, 1947). These films won some of the most prestigious film awards ... More

Keywords: neorealism, Italian cinema, Fascism, Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, Ladri di biciclette, Bicycle Thieves, realist esthetics, Italian filmmakers, realism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781617031229
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617031229.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Saverio Giovacchini, editor

Robert Sklar, editor

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