The Resistant Physicalities of the Second Generation
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.
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