CINEMATIC STYLE (ITALIAN NEO REALISM AND CINEMA NOVO)
A typical question which comes up in the exam is something like:
Discuss how far the ‘look’ created by cinematography and editing contributes to the impact of the films you have studied for this topic.
‘To find an international audience, films about local and particular problems need to use mainstream techniques such as those associated with Hollywood cinema.’ How far do you agree with this statement in relation to the films you have studied for this topic?
As noted above the best way to approach this sort of essay is using evidence of the cinematic movements that the films have used in their style.
CINEMA NOVO & ITALIAN NEO REALISM
Same as with context make a copy of this template and fill in the features of the particular movement and where you can see evidence of them in the films.
ANALYSIS / DEBATE
There are some nice debates to be had – especially with City of God – that maybe the style of the film outweighs and simplifies the themes of the film. This would be a useful idea to develop your analysis and include in your introduction and conclusion.
Read the articles in the pre reading and pick out 3 key quotes that you can use in your revision to help your analysis. Consider how The Bicycle Thieves fits within this as well.
Note: Please do not refer to the Bicycle Thieves as ‘boring’ just because the cinematic style is less obvious / energetic.