Italian Neorealist Cinema

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Edinburgh University Press, Jun 29, 2012 - History - 224 pages
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Torunn Haaland argues that neorealism was a cultural moment and accounts for the tradition's coherence in terms of its moral commitment to creating critical viewing experiences around underrepresented realities and marginalised people. By examining both acclaimed masterpieces and lesser known works, parallels are drawn to realist theories and to past and present cinematic traditions. The ways in which successive generations of directors have readopted, negotiated and broken with the themes and aesthetics of neorealist film are discussed and evaluated, along with neorealist tendencies in other arts, such as literature.
 

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Contents

1 A MOMENT AND A COUNTRY
1
2 REALISM AND NEOREALISM
33
NARRATION AND TESTIMONY
62
4 ROSSELLINIS CITIES OF WAR AND RESISTANCE
91
SHOESHINERS BICYCLE THIEVES MIRACULOUS OUTCASTS AND A MAN WITH A DOG
123
BETWEEN TRADITION AND INVENTION FROM COUNTRY TO CITY
146
FROM DYSTOPIAN CITIES TO UTOPIAN COUNTRIES
169
STREETWALKERS POLITICAL REBELS ANTIMAFIA RESISTERS STOLEN CHILDREN AND UNWANTED CITIZENS
193
FILMOGRAPHY
219
BIBLIOGRAPHY
222
INDEX
233
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Torunn Haaland is Assistant Professor of Italian at the Gonzaga University.

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