Film Movement - Italian Neorealism (1942–1951)

"Italian Neorealism started with Ossessione and ended with Umberto D. The movement is characterized by stories set amongst the poor and working class, filmed in long takes on location, frequently using nonprofessional actors for secondary and sometimes primary roles. Italian neorealist films mostly contend with the difficult economic and moral conditions of postwar Italy, reflecting the changes in the Italian psyche and the conditions of everyday life: defeat, poverty, and desperation. Because Cinecittà was occupied by refugees, films were shot outdoors, amidst devastation.

The movement was developed by a circle of film critics that revolved around the magazine Cinema, including Michelangelo Antonioni, Luchino Visconti, Gianni Puccini, Giuseppe De Santis, and Pietro Ingrao. Largely prevented from writing about politics (the editor-in-chief…

  • Obsession

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  • Rome, Open City

    2

  • Outcry

    3

  • Paisan

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  • Shoeshine

    5

  • The Bandit

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  • To Live in Peace

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  • Angelina

    8

  • Tragic Hunt

    9

  • People of the Po Valley

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  • Lost Youth

    11

  • Flesh Will Surrender

    12

  • Il passatore

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  • Anni difficili

    14

  • Germany Year Zero

    15

  • Bicycle Thieves

    16

  • La Terra Trema

    17

  • Without Pity

    18

  • Amore

    19

  • Bitter Rice

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  • In the Name of the Law

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  • The Mill on the Po

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  • Stromboli

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  • Under the Olive Tree

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  • Variety Lights

    25

  • The Path of Hope

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  • The Flowers of St. Francis

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  • Behind Closed Shutters

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  • Miracle in Milan

    29

  • Bellissima

    30

  • Rome 11:00

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  • Processo alla città

    32

  • The Bandit of Tacca del Lupo

    33

  • Europe '51

    34

  • The Machine That Kills Bad People

    35

  • Umberto D.

    36

  • Two Cents Worth of Hope

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  • Bread, Love and Dreams

    38

  • The Gold of Naples

    39

  • Neapolitan Carousel

    40

  • Poor But Beautiful

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  • Big Deal on Madonna Street

    42

  • Divorce Italian Style

    43

  • Il Sorpasso

    44

  • The Birds, the Bees and the Italians

    45

  • I Vitelloni

    46

  • The Overcoat

    47

  • The Vanquished

    48

  • La Strada

    49

  • Journey to Italy

    50

  • Fear

    51

  • Joan of Arc at the Stake

    52

  • Where Is Freedom?

    53

  • Le Amiche

    54

  • The Girls of San Frediano

    55

  • Il Bidone

    56

  • The Sign of Venus

    57

  • The Roof

    58

  • The Railroad Man

    59

  • Toto, Peppino, and the Hussy

    60

  • Nights of Cabiria

    61

  • Il Grido

    62

  • General Della Rovere

    63

  • The Magliari

    64

  • Poor Millionaires

    65

  • Escape by Night

    66

  • Bandits of Orgosolo

    67

  • Two Women

    68

  • L'Avventura

    69

  • The Long Night of '43

    70

  • La Notte

    71

  • Accattone

    72

  • Il Posto

    73

  • The Condemned of Altona

    74

  • Anni ruggenti

    75

  • L'Eclisse

    76

  • Mamma Roma

    77

  • Salvatore Giuliano

    78

  • I Fidanzati

    79

  • Hands Over the City

    80

  • Seduced and Abandoned

    81

  • Red Desert

    82

  • The Gospel According to Matthew

    83

  • Before the Revolution

    84

  • Fists in the Pocket

    85

  • Love Meetings

    86

  • The Battle of Algiers

    87

  • China Is Near

    88

  • Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

    89

  • The Night Porter

    90

  • Seven Beauties

    91

  • Padre Padrone

    92

  • The Tree of Wooden Clogs

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