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Realist Film Movements. Neorealismo (3) Films of Luchino Visconti. Common Neorealist Elements. 1 -- In CONTENT a. An emphasis on contemporary subjects and the life of the working class b. Calling (indirect) for political reform and unity

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realist film movements

Realist Film Movements

Neorealismo (3)

Films of Luchino Visconti

common neorealist elements
Common Neorealist Elements

1 -- In CONTENT

a. An emphasis on contemporary subjects

and the life of the working class

b. Calling (indirect) for political reform and

unity

c. Moral commitment to make characters’

problems gain universal recognition

d. Beauty of ordinary life, drama hidden in

everyday life

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Common Neorealist Elements

2-- In FORM

a. Location shooting

b. Use of non-professional actors

c. Rough, off-hand composition

d. Shooting with available natural light

e. Restraint in using expressive shots (close-up, wide-angle, telephoto, zoom shot, etc.)

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Common Neorealist Elements

f. Long take

g. Restraint in expressive montage

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Common Neorealist Elements
  • However, both such contents and forms are neither intrinsic to neorealismo nor realism in general.
  • Such elements can also be found in other types of films, even in formalist films.
  • Certain ways of combining those elements make a film (neo)realistic
who is luchino visconti
Who is Luchino Visconti?
  • Born on 2 Nov. 1906 and died on 17 March 1976.
  • Aristocrat, film and theatre director: the maker of the films of harsh realism as well as sublime melodrama
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Who is Luchino Visconti?
  • Met Jean Renoir in Paris in the 1930s through the introduction of Coco Chanel and worked for him.
  • Returning to Italy during the war, he became a resistance fighter and Marxist.
  • The leading light of Neorealismo.
luchino visconti s works
Luchino Visconti’s Works
  • Early (neo)realist works
  • Ossessione(1943)
  • Giorni di gloria(1945)
  • La Terra Trema(The Earth Trembles, 1948)
who is luchino s works
Who is Luchino’s Works
  • Ossessione (1943) - based on James M. Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice, it is about a doomed love affair between a drifter and the wife of a roadside restaurant owner.
  • First neorealist film (?)
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Luchino Visconti’s Works
  • Giorni di gloria (1945) - a documentary film about the Nazi-Fascist oppression of Italians during the war. It includes footage of executions, atrocities and humiliation.
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Luchino Visconti’s Works
  • La Terra trema (1948) - based on Giovanni Verga’s Il Malavoglia, it is about a fisherman family’s revolt against the exploitation and its failure.
la terra trema
La Terra trema
  • Shot on location in AciTrezza, Sicily.
  • All the people who appear in the films are fishermen, residents or their families of AciTrezza.
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La Terra trema
  • No artificial light (only one scene)
  • The dialect of Eastern Sicily
  • The pressing contemporary issue - the exploitation of the poor in the South
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La Terra trema
  • PARADOX AND CONTRADICTION
  • ‘Realistic’ representation of the life in a Sicilian fishing village / A Marxist re-interpretation of the novel of Giovanni Verga, I Malavoglia (Financially backed by the Italian Communist Party.)
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La Terra trema
  • The gritty realism of Visconti’s mise-en-scène / High aesthetic sensibility (mise-en-scène: slow and fluid pan shot; perfectly balanced composition; picturesque depth of deep focus photography
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La Terra trema
  • Visconti’s composition of frames is like painting and his camerawork is as elaborate as that of any studio product.
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La Terra trema
  • Painterly composition - triangle composition
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La Terra trema
  • Casper Friedrich, The Wanderer above the Sea of Fog 1818
  • Mary Cassat, The Family 1892
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La Terra trema
  • Perfect triangle compositions in La Terra trema
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La Terra trema
  • Another painterly composition
neorealist ideals and reality
Neorealist Ideals and Reality
  • Narrative compromise – drama and suspense, gap between actual time and story time, ideological intention behind storytelling
  • Formal compromise – filming in studio sets with careful lighting, non-synchronous recording (post-dabbing), ‘amalgam’ of professional and non-professional actors, self-conscious mise-en-scène and montage
luchino viscont s works
Luchino Viscont’s Works
  • Career after neorealismo
  • Theatre and opera producer – life-long career
  • World and lives of aristocrats and upper-class artists
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Luchino Viscont’s Works
  • Senso(1954)
  • A Venetian countess falls in love with a vile Austrian lieutenant at the end of Austrian occupation of Venice.
  • Decadent doomed love affair.
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Luchino Viscont’s Works
  • White Nights (1956) - based on Feodor Dostoevskij’s novel, it is about a fleeting love affair between a lonely man and a lonely woman.
  • Entirely shot in sets and more stagy than cinematic.
post neorealismo
Post-Neorealismo
  • After neorealismo came to an end, Rossellini shifted to films with Catholic themes and De Sica to comedies
  • Neorealismo was short lived
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Luchino Visconti’s Works
  • Rocco and His Brothers (1960) – neorealist theme (a poor family’s attempt to transcend harsh and miserable material and economic conditions )
  • One-off return to ‘neorealismo’
  • Despite its socio-political concerns, it is melodramatic, operatic, decorative and psychological
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Luchino Viscont’s Works
  • Leopard (1965) - based on Giuseppe di Lampedusa’s autobiographical story, it is about the decline and fall of a Sicilian aristocratic family.
  • Stylistic, aesthetic and operatic.
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Luchino Viscont’s Works
  • Later Career: Autobiographical elements - decadence and aestheticism; homosexuality and lives of aristocrats
  • Long-take, painterly composition, deep space, realistic narrative – elements found in his neorealist films – their excessive use make formalist films
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Luchino Visconti’s Works
  • Death in Venice (1971) - based on Thomas Man’s short story, it is about a dying man’s infatuation with a beautiful boy.
  • Operatic contemplation of love and death.
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Luchino Visconti’s Works
  • Ludwig (1973) – about ‘mad’ king of Bavaria, who is determined to create an artistic kingdom in his country inviting Richard Wagner.
  • Visconti’s love for opera and anything beautiful.
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Luchino Visconti’s Works
  • Innocente (1976) - based on Gabriel D’Annunzio’s novel, it is about the breakup of a marriage, and jealousy and homosexual relationship.