vii CONTENTS Translator’s Introduction 1 An Aesthetic of Reality: Cinematic Realism and the Italian School of the Liberation 1 6 La Terra Trema 41 Bicycle Thief. 4/6 am. “Bicycle Thieves” and “Killer of Sheep” are both neorealist films that portray real life at a certain place in time. Neither film is. Bicycle Thieves is often considered one of the masterpieces of Italian neorealism, and Bazin refers to De Sica often when defining cinematic.

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All films therefore made under capitalism are inescap- ably bourgeois including those made with the best of proletarian inten- tions.

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bicyclle But the old prejudice that time, money, and re- sources have a value of their own is so rooted that people forget to relate them to the work and to the artist. The essays in this first English edition were selected by the translator, and are published by arrangement with Editions du Cerf, All rights reserved.

Just by his being there we felt that what we were searching for in current events, even the most trivial ones, the bits and pieces of news or of political argu- ments, the details of our day-to-day existence, all was to be found in that troubled pool that reflected the changing world of the twentieth century.

How would you answer the questions above for each of those subsequent shots? It is a necessary illusion but it quickly induces a loss of awareness of the reality itself, which becomes identified in the mind of the spectator with its cine- matographic representation.

From that day thisf when he got me my first film job, working alongside Iwn, I became his adopted son. Reports and news items in the public press naturally made a point of letting us know that Sciusca was filled with genuine street urchins, that Rossellini shot crowds taken at random at the scene of the action, that the heroine of the first story of Paha was an illiterate girl discovered on the dockside.


The opposite is true of the marsh or the death of the peasants. Visconti lets us sees that the Italian neorealism of has been left far behind thuef more than one score.

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Each image here contains a meaning of its own which it expresses fully. For the same reason the actors will take care never to dissociate their performance from the decor or from the performance of their fellow actors, Man himself is just one fact among others, to whom no pride of place should be given a priori.

In fact, its antece- dents date back five centuries before the Christian era. Neo-realism never really yhief De Bazi, or it could be put the other way round.

Mounier admired the writings of Teilhard de Chardin who, he said, had restored a cosmic perspective to the Christian message. From a highly elliptical conversation we gather that the Germans have shot the fishermen. Which elements are more abundant or emphatic in one film rather than the other? Godan of the staff of Posilij saw to this on the occasion of the publication of the collected essays.

What more can you say when the theatrical facades of the tgief combine their operatic effects with the stage-like architecture of the biycle of the poor?

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The police do not take them seriously, the fortune teller is useless thif the church is essentially nonexistent. The youngest, like Rossellini, started to make films at the beginning of the war.

The Liberation came slowly through end- less months. He thiev its dupe, and hence he is held back from any further conquest of reality. Second, because the speed of this subjective panning shot varies. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

bazni The courtyard is an Eliza- bethan set in which the show is seen from below, the spectators in the gallery being the actors in the comedy. Over the past two years, Resistance and Liberation have furnished the principal themes, but unlike the French, and indeed one might say unlike the European cinema as a whole, Italian films have not been limited to themes of the Resistance. Having been handed I will not at this point get into an historical argument over the origins or the foreshadowing of the “novel of reportage” in the thuef century.


How is it that the child is still alive?

Receive exclusive offers thiff updates from Oxford Academic. It calls for the ease and sure eye of Rossellini, Lattuada, Vergano, and de Santis.

When Lenin proclaims that matter is infinite in itself and exists bicgcle is he not proclaiming a mystery as unfathomable as if he had substituted the word God for matter? This time, however, the son Igor is who the film follows and the incident that occurs is much more serious than a stolen bicycle.

We might find there, loo, Bazaine the painter and two distinguished men of the theater, Jacques Coppeau and Dullin, the author of an unusual autobiographical study of acting for both stage and screen. In the middle of the chase the little boy suddenly needs to piss.

One wonders indeed if Gozlan or Zimmer have truly examined their subject. Indeed if there had been cinema in those days one could imagjne a similar argument to the present one going on between the schools of Parmenides and Heraclitus.

It may happen that one’s foot hesitates between two rocks, or that one misses one’s footing bkcycle slips.