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Brutal VisionThe Neorealist Body in Postwar Italian Cinema$
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Karl Schoonover

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816675548

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816675548.001.0001

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Neorealism Undone

Neorealism Undone

The Resistant Physicalities of the Second Generation

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Brutal Vision

Karl Schoonover

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter explores how the second generation of neorealism used citation as a means to critique the politics of vision proposed by the films discussed in the previous chapters. The second-generation films reference neorealism by narrating the daily lives of social and economic outcasts, and by focusing on petty theft, prostitution, con games, and black market dealings. It suggests that the early aesthetic of second-generation filmmakers develops from a tension between referring to and breaking with neorealism. The films considered in this chapter also seek to foreground social formations that predate, ignore, or disrupt the apparent domination of Italy’s new economy and redevelopment.

Keywords:   second-generation neorealism, politics of vision, second-generation films, second-generation filmmakers, social formations, Italy

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