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10 Inspirational Movies From Italian Neo-realism

Italian Neo-realism was the film movement happened in Italy which lasts from 1942 to 1952. On those 10 years, they had become the face of realistic world cinema and had given a new film grammar to the Americans. This is the list of best 10 movies in that category.



Released : 16 May 1943
Directed : Luchino Visconti
Ossessione (English: Obsession) is a 1943 film based on the novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice, by James M. Cain. Luchino Visconti’s first feature film, it is considered by many to be the first Italian neorealist film, though there is some debate about whether such a categorization is accurate.
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Roma città aperta

Released : 27 September 1945
Directed : Roberto Rossellini
Roma città aperta (English : Rome, Open City ) is a 1945 Italian drama film, directed by Roberto Rossellini. In its English subtitled release it was named,Open City.[1] The picture features Aldo Fabrizi, Anna Magnani and Marcello Pagliero, and is set in Rome during the Nazi occupation in 1944. The film won several awards at various film festivals, including the most prestigious Cannes' Grand Prize, and was also nominated for the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar at the 19th Academy Awards.
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Released : 27 April 1946
Directed : Vittorio De Sica
Shoeshine (in English) is a 1946 Italian film and the first major work directed by Vittorio De Sica. In it, two shoeshine boys get into trouble with the police after trying to find the money to buy a horse.
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Deutschland im Jahre Null

Released : 1 December 1948
Directed : Roberto Rossellini
Germany, Year Zero (in English) is a 1948 film directed by Roberto Rossellini, and is the final film in Rossellini's unofficial war film trilogy, following Rome, Open City and Paisà. Germany Year Zero takes place in post-war Germany, unlike the others, which take place in German-occupied Rome and during the Allied invasion of Italy, respectively.
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La Terra Trema

Released : September 2, 1948
Directed : Luchino Visconti
The Earth Trembles (in English) is a 1948 Italian dramatic film directed by Luchino Visconti. The movie is loosely adapted from Giovanni Verga's novel I Malavoglia (1881) (The House by the Medlar Tree) for the screen.
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Le notti di Cabiria

Released : 27 May 1957
Directed : Federico Fellini
Nights of Cabiria (in English) is a 1957 Italian drama film directed by Federico Fellini and starring Giulietta Masina, François Périer, andAmedeo Nazzari. Based on a story by Fellini, the film is about a prostitute in Rome who searches for true love in vain.
The film won the 1957 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. This was the second straight year Italy and Fellini won this Academy Award award, having won for 1956's La Strada, which also starred Giulietta Masina.
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Ladri di biciclette

Released : 24 November 1948
Directed : Vittorio De Sica
Bicycle Thieves (in English) is a 1948 film directed by Vittorio De Sica. The film follows the story of a poor father searching post-World War II Rome for his stolen bicycle, without which he will lose the job which was to be the salvation of his young family.
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Riso Amaro

Released : 1949
Directed : Giuseppe De Santis
Bitter Rice (in English) is a 1949 Italian film made by Lux Film, written and directed by Giuseppe De Santis. Bitter Rice was a commercial success in Europe and America. It was a product of the Italian neorealism style. The Italian title of the film is based on a pun; since the Italian word riso can mean either "rice" or "laughter", riso amaro can be taken to mean either "bitter laughter" or "bitter rice".
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Released : October 8, 1950
Directed : Roberto Rossellini

Stromboli is a 1950 Italian-American film directed by Roberto Rossellini and featuring Ingrid Bergman. The drama is considered a classic example of Italian neo-realism.

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Miracolo a Milano

Released : February 8, 1951
Directed : Vittorio De Sica
Miracle in Milan (English) is a 1951 Italian film directed by Vittorio de Sica. The screenplay was co-written by Cesare Zavattini, based on his novel Totò il Buono. The picture stars Francesco Golisano, Emma Gramatica, Paolo Stoppa, and Guglielmo Barnabò.
The film, told as a neo-realist fable, explains the lives of a poverty-stricken group in post-war Milan, Italy.
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