Podcast: Italian Neorealism Movie Series
Italian neorealism has been a major blindspot in our film education, and that is about to change. We are very excited to dive into this pivotal movement in cinema that helped define a profound segment of Italian filmmakers. From Rome, Open City to Bicycle Theives to Umberto D. and many others, these films helped characterize the experience of the working class during difficult economic and moral conditions in post-World War II Italy. Italian neorealism helped emulate changes in the Italian psyche and the conditions of everyday life – including poverty, oppression, injustice and desperation – thus supplanting the movement in history as one of the most important cinema has seen to date. We are eager to not only see these films, but also learn how they influenced the people of Italy and other filmmakers in the process. We hope you enjoy this journey with us.
Rome, Open City, 1945
Listen to our review of Rome, Open City below as heard on Episode 212.
Bicycle Thieves, 1948
Listen to our review of Bicycle Thieves below as heard on Episode 213.
Bitter Rice, 1949
Listen to our review of Bitter Rice below as heard on Episode 214.
I Vitelloni, 1953
Listen to our review of I Vitelloni below as heard on Episode 215.
Umberto D., 1952
Listen to our review of Umberto D. below as heard on Episode 216.
Wow, this was a fantastic series. We loved diving into such a rich and important movement in cinema that included some of the best movies of all-time. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did, and as we psuedo-joked about on the show, we may revisit a Part 2 to this series at some point. Either way, this was really great and we look forward to catching up with more films tied to Italian Neorealism. Let us know what you think of this series in the comment section below or hit us up on social media!