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Cinema all'italiana:

Films from the Post-Neorealist Era

September 4 – 30

From September 4 through 30, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents “Cinema all’italiana: Films from the Post-Neorealist Era,” a series of eleven Italian films from the 1960s and after, many in new digital restorations.

Italian cinema produced what is arguably the single most influential movement in film history: neorealism. That creative outburst of the late 1940s, which elevated a sense of place and of “being in the moment” over traditional plot development, can be considered the beginning of modern cinema and the progenitor of all subsequent “New Wave” movements. Italian cinema necessarily went beyond neorealism, but it continued to be particularly bound to and nourished by neorealism. The films in this series demonstrate various ways in which Italian filmmakers in the post-neorealist era have absorbed the heritage of neorealism while expanding it into other directions, such as modernism (Antonioni), subjectivity (Fellini), baroque melodrama (Visconti), epic lyricism (the Taviani brothers), political satire (Bellocchio), and a new style of comedy (Monicelli).

Martin Rubin

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first Italian film on any Saturday in September, and get a ticket for the second Italian film that day at this discount rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second feature only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)