'realism For De Sica Never Meant Anything As Gauche As An Unpretty Shot Or An Unstudied Composition' (Michael Atkinson). To What Extent Is This St...

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Second World War, which lasted from 1939 until 1945 had an influence to many various areas, especially, it made a huge impact to European economy, but it had an effect on almost every field of art as well. During the Second World War and after it art and especially, cinema was used for propaganda purposes to impart people and their attitude. Vladimir Lenin, a Russian communist and politician, said that ‘of all the arts, for us the cinema is the most important‘. The movement called neorealism thrived in post-war world, especially in Italy. It is defined as a movement, which focused mostly on social issues and describes the lives of the poor side of the society. Vittorio de Sica (1901-1974) was an Italian actor, director and auteur during period after Second World War. In Italy neorealism in the cinema started with a film called Rome, Open City (1945) by Roberto Rosellini another famous director, writer and neorealist. Umberto D. (1952) a film created by Vittorio de Sica is considered to be the end of the movement. Vittorio de Sica is famous for his films Bicycle Thieves and Umberto D., whose are full with neorealistic features. Vittorio de Sica is one of the main representatives of neorealism of post-war Italy, together with Luchino Visconti and Roberto Rosellini. They all were creating at the same time, but despite that, their directing and created films are quite different from each other. Michael Atkinson an American writer and film critic once said that 'realism for De Sica never meant anything as gauche as an unpretty shot or an unstudied composition'. Vittorio de Sica was a very precise and shot every scene very thoughtfully.

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