History Of Italian Cinema Essay

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ITALIAN CINEMAIntroductionI am not very acquainted with Italian cinema, as I have seen only 3 Italian films. Il Postino, La Vita è Bella and Malena. I don't remember much about Il Postino and Melena. I remember I loved the way they mixed Pablo Neruda's poetry with the Italian accent, and the cinematography of the background was beautiful. I don't remember much about Malena, except that it has a extremely beautiful leading actress, Monica Bellucci, as well as Maria Grazia Cucinotta stars in Il Postino.One movie I loved as well as the majority of those who saw it was La Vita è Bella. It was an incredible way of mixing Romance with Comedy with historical facts. It also mixes a horrible truth in a heartfelt way. It is without a doubt, a beautiful movie about a horrible event that leaves you with a good feeling when the movie is finished.Films in Italy began in the early 1900's. The films described different historical facts and names. The golden age of Italian film was from 1909 to 1916. After the First World War, sound was introduced to Italian films but they became less interesting. The fascist lasted from 1930 to 1943, which gave way to the Neorealism movement. Right after that the Pink Neorealism and Italian comedy commenced.The BeginningPierre Leprohon, in his book Italian Cinema, tells us that Italian Leonardo da Vinci was the creator of the idea of the dark camera, and another Italian, Gian Batista della Porta, a century later was the creater of the first model.In 1905, Filoteo Alberini, made the first movie, La presa di Roma, in Rome, which was about the Risorgimiento. This was an idealist movie that had politics that started national conscience.The origin of Italian cinema is directly involeved with its history of politics and social ideas.It the first days of cinema, historical events where represented on screen. Many of the names were Nero, Messalina, Spartacus, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, and The Last Day of Pompei.The Golden EraLeprohon quoted Lumière who said, "Italian Cinema does not go further: it revives past times, it overcomes different eras, it reanimates the places where ancient heroes [lived]. This is a particularity of cinema, a power that only belongs to it and consists of fiction entering reality.The same book cites a document written by Victor Jasset, a French director, about that era of Italian Cinema,Italy possesses marvelous elements, one of the most favorable lights [climate] for photography that permits you to work all the time; splendid faces, production and labor cost are cheaper, and the capitals that I would wish for.... The temperament of the artist takes them to exaggerated movements, grandiloquent. The relatively minimum cost of labor permits them to be situated in the great scenes of the era and with a mass of extras.Italy monopolized the historic scene.... The experience of cinema proves that historic themes are the ones that seduce the masses. And for that Italy has advantage over other...

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