Italian Neorealism
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The movie Open City  is set in Rome during the Nazi occupation in 1944 and served as a documentary on Don Pieto Morosini (a Cathloic preist who was shot by Germans when helping the partisan movement in Italy). Watching this film is essential when trying to fully understand Italian Neorealism, as it is said to have the MOST characteristics of a Neorealistic film such as emphasis on everyday lives, non professional actors (with the exception of Aldo Fabrizi and Anna Magnani), a documentary surface, focus on relations between people and the environment,and loose script and dialouge.

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Neorealism in Postwar Italy

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With the country in ruins, it was something of a miracle that any feature films at all were made in the immediate postwar period, but that a high proportion of them turned out to be classics is an even greater wonder.  The budget of these films was small and the equipment was scarce but, the films were able to capture the audience and the real life events that had happened or were still happening.


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Film 2700 Group 's comment, March 22, 2013 2:23 PM
This article about Italian Neorealism emphasizes the use of a low budget and unknown actors in the postwar films.
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Opening scene of Obsessione

Considered to be one of the first Italian Neorealism films, Obsessione. The plot of the story is a man who wanders around and falls in love/has an affair with the wife of an owner of a resteraunt. As you can see, the plot is introduced not even 3 minutes into the film. They proceed to plot the murder of her husband so they can live "Happily ever after." 

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Film 2700 Group 's curator insight, March 16, 2013 10:20 PM

Known as one of the Italian Neorealism's first films, Luchino Visconti made Obessessione in 1943. This was also Visconti's first feature film. 

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The Beginnings of Italian NeoRealism

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Once World War II ended and Benito Mussolini's government fell, Italy faced many economic, social, and moral hardships which changed the nation's point of  view (or psyche, rather)- all the while the Italian film industry was falling and losing its center. Italian NeoRealism style films (1944-1952) convey Italian sentiment of opression, desperation,and injustice and portrays the poverty and other challenges faced by the nation during that period of time.

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Italian Neorealism directors and their movies.

A Pictorial tribute to Italian Neorealism by a fan who loves cinema...

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Pukahontas - A film by Barney Gumble.

Barney's film has many of the characteristics of Italian Neo-Realism.  He is a non-professional actor, it is an emphasis on his everyday life, the movie is about his relationship with people and his alcoholism, it focuses on his problem, and is set up like a documentary.  The Simpsons captured the style perfectly.


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Italian NeoRealism Style

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Most Italian NeoRealism films were shot on location, outdoors (not in studios, because of the damages made to them due to the war), in poor neighborhoods. Most of the actors in these films were nonproffesional, and children often played major roles in these movies.

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