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Calidad Revistas Científicas Españolas
VOL.
11(2)/
1998
Author / Pierre SORLIN Catedrático de Sociología de los Medios Audiovisuales en la Universidad de la Sorbona (París). Autor, entre otros libros, de Sociologie du cinéma (1977), European Cinemas, European Societes (1994) e Italian National Cinema (1996)
Article / Neo-Realism As Viewed by Italian Society

Abstract /

Film criticism, in Europe and then in the United States, has seen in neo-realism the heralding of a new cinema wich translated the state of the spirit and the aspirations of a people soundly tried during the Second World War. This viewpoint was not shared at that time in Italy. The Italians were proud of the fact that thir films were appreciated in other countries but they did not consider them to be of great value. The two main shapers of opinion, the Church and the Comunist Party, criticized a cinema wich the former considered to be demoralizing and the later to be not revolutionary enough. As for the spectator, they did not appreciate that critical portrait of their country and preferred melodramas, known as "Pink Neo-Realism", wich announced a radiant future once certain difficulties were overcome.

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