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The Italian Neo-Realism Movement (1943-1952) I. Origins a. Response to Fascism b. Anti-Hollywood Artifice c. Cesare Zavattini – Neo-realist screenwriter (incl. Bicycle Thieves) who wrote a manifesto to guide filmmaking d. Film journals Cinema and Bianco e Nero i. Called for a cinema that resembled the realism of literature e. Influenced by Jean Renoir’s Toni (1935) and Alessandro Blassetti’s 1860 (1934) f. Influenced by American noir books and films
Worked on neo-realist films early in their careers
Cain’s novel The Postman Always Rings Twice; considered first neorealist film
Giorgio, a resistance fighter, is pursued by the Nazis; he begs Pina, a widow engaged to his friend Francesco, for help; Pina is carrying Francesco’s child
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