NEO-REALIST DOUBLE BILL
This Sunday we are off to Italy with ROME OPEN CITY (1946) directed by the great Robert Rossellini and his ephemeral groundbreaking experiment in social-realist filmmaking with a cast of none actors and handheld 16mm film cameras and light predominately with natural light. Based on real events that took place in Nazi-occupied Italy in 1944, Rossellini sort to examine the choices people had been forced to take during wartime situations, as a piece of filmmaking it is a prime example of neo-realist filmmaking which was executed late on by socio-realist filmmaker Peter Watkins in his now Iconic film THE WAR GAME. Next up is ADUA E LE COMPAGNE (ADUA AND COMPANY) by little known Italian director Antonio Pietrangeli. Staying within the neo-realism genera we go from war to prostitution and how four women attempt to rebuild their lives from the ashes of the past. And how it wasn’t going to be an easy transition from street to respectability.