Neorealism, Cinema of Poetry, and Italian Contemporary Cinema
This chapter looks at examples of neorealism in recent Italian cinema. It focuses on two films—Andrea and Antonio Frazzi’s Certi bambini (A Children’s Story, 2004), and Matteo Garrone’s Gomorra (Gomorrah 2008)—which demonstrate how contemporary Italian cinema is dealing with its neorealist legacy, pushing it in the direction of what we can call, using Pier Paolo Pasolini’s intuition, a “cinema of poetry.” The chapter analyzes how the “cinema of poetry” of these films can be considered the contemporary legacy of neorealism, with its main interest in representing the real, even in its multifaceted expressions.
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