Monday, January 24, 2011

Neorealismo at the National Gallery of Art - Italy@150

As part of the 150th Anniversary of a United Italy, the National Gallery of Art is showing several films throughout January and February that make up the Neorealist movement in Italian cinema.  The National Gallery describes the movement as follows:

"Born out of turmoil in postwar Italy, Neorealism addressed a moral and aesthetic need in the Italian cinema, in Roberto Rossellini's words, 'to express things as they are.' Forsaking artificial sets and the mannered effects of studio production for natural locations and nonprofessional actors, the Neorealist collaborators shared a conviction that the subject of art must be ordinary life (a perspective that was gaining ground elsewhere as well).  This series spans the decisive decade when the political and social order in Italy was still fermenting; it features a variety of formal approaches by ten acclaimed directors. Presented in association with Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia-Cineteca Nazionale, Cinecittà Luce S.p.A., and the Embassy of Italy, with thanks to the Pacific Film Archive, Susan Oxtoby, Laura Argento and Rosaria Focarelli."

Click on the link to this post for a schedule of film screenings at the National Gallery.  Buon Divertimento!

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