Neorealist Film Culture, 1945-1954
Neorealist Film Culture, 1945-1954
Rome, Open Cinema
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Acknowledgements Introduction An Uncertain Direction. Neorealist cinema as Transitional Culture 1 Locating the Real. National, International, and Transnational Neorealism 1.1 An Address to the Audience 1.2 The Real Thing 1.3 Wasteland. Neorealism and National Identity 1.4 A New Land? National Territory and Ethnos 1.5 Controversial Screens. Neorealism, People, Media 1.6 Teaching in the Middle of the Ruins. International Neorealism 1.7 Strangers on the Prowl. Transnational Neorealism 1.8 Culture and Cultures. Reconsidering Neorealism as a National Cinema 2 Lies of Memory. Post-war Culture, Remembrance, and Documentary Filmmaking 2.1 Displaced Memories 2.2 Memory Frames. Michelangelo Antonioni's Early Documentaries 2.3 Recurring Interruptions. Post-war Documentary, War Memories and Trauma 2.4 Inspecting the Frames 3 Looking at the Images. Neorealist Visual Culture 3.1 Neorealism as a Scopic Regime 3.2 The Bill Sticker and the Posters. Film Ads and Visual Culture 3.3 The Earth Trembles at the Grand Hotel. Neorealist Photo-romances 3.4 Still Lives. Neorealist Photo-documentaries 3.5 At the Film's Margins 4 Actors, Non-professional Actors, Starlets, and Stars. Film Performance at the Time of Neorealism 4.1 A Stroll by the Sea 4.2 Life Begins Anew. Non-professional Performers and Neorealist Culture 4.3 We, the Humans. Non-professional Performers and Neorealist Representation 4.4 Ladies Without Camelias. Post-war Feminine Stardom 4.5 The Show Must Go On. Professional Performers and Neorealist Cinema 4.6 Cries, Laughs, and Songs. Anna Magnani in Transition 4.7 The Body of the Multitude Bibliography Index of Film Titles Index of Names Index of Illustrations
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"An extremely original and fascinating account, a substantial advancement into this field, a labyrinthic exploration of an expanded and exploded universe."
- Andrea Mariani, Universit a degli Studi di Udine, Italy, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol. 41, No. 3 (2021)

"Riding this exciting new wave in cultural historiography, Leavitt and Pitassio’s books on Italian neorealism set an important standard for historical research within film studies. They should be compulsory reading for emerging scholars in search of innovative approaches to film studies worldwide."
- Luca Caminati (Concordia University), Canadian Journal of Film Studies 2021 (joint review)

"Pitassio shows how the traumatic national past is engaged in films [...] several of which were made by directors who were very compromised with the Fascist regime, thus demonstrating the complex entanglements of the post-war period. Particularly striking is his reading of male disabled bodies as metaphors for national trauma in a range of contemporary documentaries. Pitassio thus adds important nuance to discussions of Italy’s failure to account for its Fascist past, and the central role within that of damaged masculinity as a trope."
- Catherine O'Rawe, Bristol University, Modern Language Review 116, 4 (2021)

"An extremely original and fascinating account, a substantial advancement into this field, a labyrinthic exploration of an expanded and exploded universe."
- Andrea Mariani, Universit a degli Studi di Udine, Italy, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television (2021)

"Francesco Pitassio's Neorealist Film Culture, 1945-1954 constitutes an extremely valuable contribution that promises to enliven the debate on neorealism well beyond Italian film studies. The importance of this work is in reshaping many of these debates and their relevance to transnational cinema studies."
- Giuseppe Fidotta, Transnational Screens (2020)

"One can be sure that the outstanding qualities of this book will soon turn it into a real classic, both in the specific domain of Neorealist cinema and in the broader domain of film and cultural studies in general."
- Jan Baetens, Cultural Studies Leuven (2020)

Francesco Pitassio

Neorealist Film Culture, 1945-1954

Rome, Open Cinema

Unique, truthful, brutal... Neorealism is often associated with adjectives stressing its peculiarities in representing the real, its lack of antecedents, and its legacy in terms of film style. While this is useful when confronting auteurs such as De Sica, Rossellini or Visconti, it becomes problematic when examining a widespread cultural practice that realistic modes deeply affected. This cultural production included filmmaking, literature, visual culture and photography, as well as media discourses. It was internally contradictory but fruitful inasmuch as its legacy influenced national culture for many decades to come. The volume spotlights post-war Italian film culture by locating a series of crossroads, i.e. topics barely examined when discussing neorealism: nation, memory and trauma, visual culture, stardom, and performance. The aim is to deconstruct neorealism as a monument and to open up its cultural history.

Francesco Pitassio

Francesco Pitassio is professor of Film Studies at the Department of Humanities and Cultural Heritage of the University of Udine. His research interests revolve around film acting and stardom, Italian film history and culture, documentary cinema, European cinema. He is a member of the editorial board of NECSUS European Journal of Media Studies.