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Roberto Rossellini: The War Trilogy review – a landmark in world cinema

7 May 2015 3:31 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

(Roberto Rossellini, 1945-48; BFI, 15; Blu-ray)

The term neorealism was first widely used in the late 1940s to describe what became the most famous and influential film movement. It sprang up in Italy as a reaction against the artificiality of the so-called “white telephone” school of upper-class comedies and melodramas then popular under fascism, favouring instead naturalistic pictures shot on authentic locations using non-professional actors. Luchino Visconti’s gritty Ossessione (1943) is usually identified as the first genuine example. But the name that will always be associated with neorealism is Roberto Rossellini, and most especially his Rome, Open City (1945) and Paisà (1946), two rough, grainy movies set in Italy during the second world war. They helped change the face of world cinema and, with Germany Year Zero (1948), set in the ruins of postwar Berlin, came to be known as his War Trilogy.

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- Philip French

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