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“With an Incredible Realism that Beats the Best of the European Cinemas”

“With an Incredible Realism that Beats the Best of the European Cinemas”

The Making of Barrio Gris and the Reception of Italian Neorealism in Argentina, 1947–1955

Chapter:
(p.125) “With an Incredible Realism that Beats the Best of the European Cinemas”
Source:
Global Neorealism
Author(s):
Paula Halperin
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617031229.003.0008

This chapter considers the making of Mario Soffici’s Barrio gris (1954). It documents how some Argentine critics were concerned that importing a foreign style could dilute efforts to build a truly national Argentine cinema. While intrigued by neorealism, Soffici used the film to make a direct statement about Argentine national historical contingencies in the midst of Peronism.

Keywords:   Argentine cinema, Italian neorealism, Mario Soffici, Peronism

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