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Brutal Vision: The Neorealist Body in Postwar Italian Cinema

Karl Schoonover


Film history identifies Italian neorealism as the exemplar of national cinema, a specifically domestic response to wartime atrocities. This book challenges this orthodoxy by arguing that neorealist films—including such classics as Rome, Open City; Paisan; Shoeshine; and Bicycle Thieves—should be understood less as national products and more as complex agents of a postwar reorganization of global politics. For these films, cinema facilitates the liberal humanist sympathy required to usher in a new era of world stability. In readings of crucial films and newly discovered documents from the archi ... More

Keywords: film history, Italian neorealism, national cinema, neorealist films, postwar reorganization, global politics, moviegoing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780816675548
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816675548.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karl Schoonover, author