After Neorealism: Italian Filmmakers and Their Films; Essays by Bert Cardullo

By Bert Cardullo

The time period 'neorealism' used to be first utilized through the critic Antonio Pietrangeli to Visconti's 'Ossessione' (1942), and the fashion got here to fruition within the mid-to-late forties in such movies of Roberto Rossellini, Luchino Visconti, and Vittorio De Sica as 'Rome, Open urban' (1945), 'Shoeshine' (1946), 'Paisan' (1947), 'Bicycle Thieves' (1948), and 'The Earth Trembles' (1948). those images reacted not just opposed to the banality that had lengthy been the dominant mode of Italian cinema, but in addition opposed to winning socioeconomic stipulations in Italy. With minimum assets, the neorealist filmmakers labored in genuine destinations utilizing local community in addition to expert actors; they improvised their scripts, as want be, on web site; and, their motion pictures conveyed a strong feel of the plight of standard contributors oppressed by means of political situations past their keep an eye on. hence Italian neorealism was once the 1st postwar cinema to free up filmmaking from the unreal confines of the studio and, through extension, from the Hollywood-originated studio process. yet neorealism was once the expression of a whole ethical or moral philosophy, besides, and never easily simply one other new cinematic sort. 'After Neorealism: Italian Filmmakers and Their motion pictures' is an try, via essays and interviews, to chronicle what occurred to neorealism after the disappearance of the forces that produced it - international struggle II, the resistance, and liberation, through the postwar reconstruction of a morally, politically, and economically devastated society. actually, neorealism didn't disappear: it replaced its shape yet no longer its profoundly humanistic issues, looking on the filmmaker and the movie. Neorealistic stylistic and thematic rules were perpetuated not just by way of the 1st iteration of administrators who succeeded latter-day neorealists like Federico Fellini and Michelangelo Antonioni, but additionally by way of the second one iteration of auteurs to be triumphant those artists. between contributors of that first iteration we may possibly count number Ermanno Olmi, together with his compassionate reviews of working-class lifelike 'Il Posto' (1961), and Francesco Rosi, together with his full of life assaults at the abuse of strength corresponding to 'Salvatore Giuliano' (1961). they're joined, between others, via Pier Paolo Pasolini ('Accattone', 1961), Vittorio De Seta ('Banditi a Orgosolo', 1961), Marco Bellocchio ('I pugni in tasca', 1965), and the Taviani brothers, Vittorio and Paolo ('Padre Padrone', 1977). And those filmmakers themselves were via Gianni Amelio ('Stolen Children', 1990), Nanni Moretti ('The Mass Is Ended', 1988), Giuseppe Tornatore ('Cinema Paradiso', 1988), and Maurizio Nichetti ('The Icicle Thief', 1989). From this diversified workforce, 'After Neorealism: Italian Filmmakers and Their movies' contains interviews with, and essays approximately, Olmi, Pasolini, Amelio, and Moretti, with items besides on such seminal figures as Visconti, Fellini, and Antonioni. additionally incorporated are a protracted, contextualizing creation, filmographies of the administrators handled during this booklet, and bibliographies of books approximately them in addition to approximately Italian cinema in most cases.

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Have you ever encountered problems with the Italian censors, by the way? : Yes, many times, but before this film. : Some of your films nonetheless make fun of fascism, of Mussolini. : All my films do! I was born with a certain left-wing conscience or way of thinking. I was more socialist than communist—well, socialistcommunist. But whatever film you make, even if it’s a love story (though I never made one), what you have inside you in your DNA—the socialist part, the leftist part, the social-consciousness part—is always going to come out, even without your knowing it, without trying.

Indeed, much of the wistfully tragic cadence of the film derives from the despair behind the merry masks of the vitelloni, a rhetorical figure actualized in the town’s frenzied carnival celebration. For this Dionysian event is the perfect visual and rhythmic representation of misdirected energy—the very kind, it is hinted, that led to the twisted, inebriated alienation, neurotic sexual frustration, and adolescently-inspired Fascist ideology of Italian society before World War II, after it, and well on into the 1950s.

And many actors don’t have the actual body control to accomplish that. But Totò did. : How long did it take to shoot the film? : Ten weeks. : Was it shot mainly in a studio or on location? : Most of it was shot on location. Even most of the interiors were done on location. The only interior that was shot in a studio was the wall that gets broken into at the end, because I couldn’t break a wall in an 40 Chapter Three actual apartment! But all the other interiors were shot on location, which of course was a particular trait of Italian cinema, to shoot on location.

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