In an article with the challenging title ‘Against Realism’, Alan O'Leary and Catherine O'Rawe (2011) argued that Italian cinema studies needed to move forward. In their view, the abuse of ‘realism’ as a prescriptive as well as descriptive term had stunted research into Italian cinema of the postwar period, channelling it exclusively towards neorealist trends and thus devaluing study of the other forms, movements, auteurs and productions that emerged during the same period. This historiographical tendency, which Christopher Wagstaff aptly called the ‘institution of neorealism’ (2007, 37), encouraged the development of reverential study and by the 1960s had assumed the form of a canon. While the position taken by O'Leary and O'Rawe was certainly provocative, it has served to stimulate thinking about the areas of postwar Italian cinema that had remained in the shadows and unexplored. Starting to focus on an ‘other’ cinema has not had to mean ‘forgetting’ neorealism, but has brought changes to the way that it is studied. Almost ten years later, the challenge seems to be to rethink neorealism as a transnational phenomenon that straddles different periods, genres and contexts; while it has its roots in postwar European culture, it continues to be influential on a global level.
New Approaches to Neorealism in Italian Cinema / Garofalo, Damiano. - In: MODERN ITALY. - ISSN 1353-2944. - 25:3(2020), pp. 333-340.
|Titolo:||New Approaches to Neorealism in Italian Cinema|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2020|
|Citazione:||New Approaches to Neorealism in Italian Cinema / Garofalo, Damiano. - In: MODERN ITALY. - ISSN 1353-2944. - 25:3(2020), pp. 333-340.|
|Appartiene alla tipologia:||01a Articolo in rivista|