Amsterdam University Press
Neorealist Film Culture, 1945-1954
Title
Neorealist Film Culture, 1945-1954
Subtitle
Rome, Open Cinema
Price
€ 119,00
ISBN
9789089648006
Format
Hardback
Number of pages
384
Publication date
Dimensions
15.6 x 23.4 cm
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Reviews and Features

"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, July 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, January 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.
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Author

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.