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Italian Cinema

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Brenton Leasure

on 19 April 2010

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Transcript of Italian Cinema

Italian Cinema like most cinema, Italy began
making films during the beginning
of the 1900's First Italian Film, “La presa di Roma, 20 settembre 1870” created 1905 Avant Garde As the rest of the art world began the
avant garde movement, Italy was already
a couple years ahead in cinema due to the Futurist movement. An art and social movement begun in Italy attempting to
do alway with traditional principles and
move to a more abstract aesthetic Because film was such a new media at this time, futurists
embraced the art as it hadn't been tainted by traditionalism
and many Avant Garde films were made. As cinema continued to grow, it gave a new direction
to rising theatrical actors such as Francesca Bertini Italy also is home to the city built
completely for films, Cinecittá Many popular films haved been filmed in Cinecittá such as Ben Hur (1959), Roman Holiday (1953), and Gangs of New York (2002) Neorealism Once WWII was over, filmmakers began to focus on the impact on the common man. Cinecittá was full of refuges so films were made on the war torn streets and this grunge
began to characterize films during this era Rome, Open City (1945) In contrast to Neorealism,
the next genre of Italian
cinema to come into play was the ironic comedy this genre used film as a way to give a social
commentary on current events One star who's career was catapulted by this genre was Totò,
a Naples native who had an outstanding gift for connecting with
his audience
Possibly the most famous Italian genre is the spaghetti western.
This genre used a combination of
Italian and American actors and almost defines what is now thought of as "westerns" In the famous film, "Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo"
or "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" Director, Sergio Leone, used American Actor,
Clint Eastwood for his lead character "Blondie" Today, Italian cinema continues to be a successful industry, producing
Oscar winning movies and leaving its mark on world cinema as a whole.
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