Andre Bazin’s articles on Italian neo-realism1 are centred around lengthy discussion of the There is a real world out there: Italian neo-realism is the triumph. ANDRE BAZIN wrote about film better than anybody else in Europe. From that day in when he to which Italian neorealism owed its triumph in 16 . André Bazin and Italian Neorealism presents a new selection of André Bazin’s writings on Vittorio De Sica, Roberto Rossellini, and Federico.

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City life is a spectacle, a commedia dellarte that the Italians stage for their own pleasure. Occorre che questi 19 Gilles Deleuze, Cinema 2: Nielsen Book Data It can be called “the tactful principle,” and this for two reasons.

Political associations apart, this revolutionary humanism has its source likewise in a certain consideration for the individual; the masses are but rarely considered to be a positive social force. Raghav Khanna rated it really liked it Mar 20, In the name of a higher realism, then, Bazin celebrated the long, uninterrupted take for italiqn capacity to simulate the most elemental aspect of nature — its continuousness.

Film distribution in Greece: In each, as one might expect, several actions are going on simultaneously. Possibly the best example of Bazins advocacy of the long take, photographed in depth, occurs in his essay “The Technique of Citizen Kane”in particular his analysis of the famous scene depicting Susan Alexander Kanes ifalian suicide and its immediate aftermath — a scene that takes place entirely in one neorealiism, in deep focus.

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Renoir compared zndre to one of the saints pictured in the stained-glass windows at Chartres; Truffaut went so far as to call him a creature from the time before original sin. I am thinking of the slow motion in the documentary on Matisse which allows us to observe, beneath the continuous and uniform arabesques of the stroke, the varying hesitations of the artists hand.

The development of a new national consciousness also calls for the institution of certain behavioural automatisms, the establishment of reaction patterns to the perceived reality. Murnau also rank high for Bazin — is the one who mediates least, the one who exercises selectivity just sufficiently to put us in much the same relation of regard and choice toward the narrative as we are toward reality in life: Despite the poverty — or even because of iitalian simple “ordinariness” — of this household of fishermen, an extraordinary kind of poetry, at once intimate and social, emanates from it.

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André Bazin and Italian Neorealism

One can fully appreciate their meaning only by contextualizing them within the general ita,ian economy of the films to which they belong. Yet Bazin never entirely lost sight of his educational ambitions, evidenced in an heuristic style of argument that implies more than it states and forces readers to think for themselves.

Still, the post-World War II birth or creation of neorealism was anything but a collective theoretical enterprise — the origins of Italian neorealist cinema were far more complex than that. Deleuze makes the crisis of the movement-image dependent on conditions provoked by great transformations in history.

It is the thoughtfulness of different historical forms-of-life that Deleuze seeks to map out, using the imaginary as the crucial marker to assess each of them. Yet, his book fails in providing a definition of neorealism equipped to do justice to post-war Italian cinema: Despite differences in stylistic approach, these film artists converge on the same enigmatic reality like the radii of a mandala.

No one, except perhaps Gilles Deleuze. The dead bodies of the men and women lie stretched out in front of the little farmhouse. In fact, it is only by purging all traditional and stereotypical aspects from post-war Italian cinema that they can establish a theory of neorealism. Come to think of it, these films treat childhood precisely as if it were open to our understanding and empathy; they are made in the name of anthropomorphism.

The images that are appropriate in critical moments are those resonating with, rather than diverging from, the newness of a certain historical juncture. Bazin was well aware of this paradox, and believing to have found neorealism in Ladri di biciclette commented: Cinema bears witness to the time-consuming process of restoring faith in the world and through time-images stages the labour of the mind. And deconstructionists, structuralists, semioticians, Marxists, and other such fellow travelers of the left reductively reviled Bazin with lethal epithets like “bourgeois idealist,” “mystical humanist,” and “reactionary Catholic.


Ludek Novy is currently reading it Jul 30, Beyond that, the history of the Italian cinema is little known. What more can you say when the theatrical facades of the palazzi combine their operatic effects with the stage-like architecture of the houses of the poor?

André Bazin and Italian Neorealism by André Bazin

Up to now we had only known the film composed of sketches — a itaian and phony type of film if ever there was one. Ideology represents the imaginary relationship of individuals to their real conditions of existence. British Film Institute, One must beware of contrasting aesthetic refinement and a certain crudeness, a certain instant effectiveness of a realism which is satisfied just to present reality.

Most users should sign in with their email address. While a director such as Welles or Wyler to whose film The Little Foxes Bazin would return again and again may provide accents or directions in the composition anrde the image, each nonetheless opens up the possibility that the viewer can, so to speak, do the editing in his or her own head. He tried to answer the question, not “Is the movie worth the money?

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Davide3z marked it as to-read May 08, A film is always presented as a succession of fragments of imaged reality on a rectangular surface of given proportions, the ordering of the images and their duration on the screen determining its import. June “In Defense of Rossellini. The Germans having departed, life began again. After the Second World War, a different kind of “censorship” obtained: Yet the poet in him — the fecund adn of figure and metaphor, who drew on the fathomless well of his own imaginative intuition — would just as surely have experienced a sense of loss.