Italian Post-Neorealist Cinema

Barattoni, Luca
Date published: 
December 2013

Luca Barratoni explores the ferments of Italian cinema from the mid-1950s to the end of the 1960s, situating its wealth in the context of other national cinemas emerging at the same time. Italy was undergoing its most dramatic social and economic transformations, and those violent changes, together with the perceived necessity of renewing the aesthetic heritage of Neorealism, sparked a drastic regeneration of the cinematic language and marked the most memorable period of Italian film history. The book brings to the surface the lines of experimentation and artistic renewal appearing after the exhaustion of Neorealism, mapping complex areas of interest such as the emergence of ethical concerns, the relationship between ideology and representation, and the role of Italian counter-culture.