Alex and Jonathan say ciao to America this week as we embark on the first stage of our new ten-week World Tour series! Our first stop is Italy where we take a look at the Italian neorealism films Rome, Open City (1945) and Bicycle Thieves (1948) and the post-neorealism film 8 1/2 (1963). We talk about the effect of World War II on filmmaking, silver linings in otherwise pessimistic films, and self-referential films.
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Skip to: Rome, Open City (7:39), Bicycle Thieves (24:53), 8 1/2 (42:25) Overall (1:02:46), Coming Attractions (1:16:23)
Resources referenced in this episode:
- Master of None Article
- Bicycle Thieves Criterion Article
- Alex on Twitter: @AlexGeringer
- Jonathan on Twitter: @JSSatchell
Next stop, France!
Next week we look at an offspring of Italian Neorealism, the French New Wave: