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Global NeorealismThe Transnational History of a Film Style$
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Saverio Giovacchini and Robert Sklar

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781617031229

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617031229.001.0001

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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

(p.125) “With an Incredible Realism that Beats the Best of the European Cinemas”
Global Neorealism

Paula Halperin

University Press of Mississippi

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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