The Films of Vitorio De Sica Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

The Films of Vitorio De Sica
An analysis of the the humanism and Neorealist elements in De Sica's films.
# 32675 | 2,025 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 20, 2003 in Film (Artist) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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This paper examines Vittorio De Sica's films, with a focus on his masterpiece, "Bicycle Thieves", and relates that his films have remained fresh and moving because they are about human beings rather political systems. The paper goes on to show how Vittorio De Sica was a brilliant director and while his films were certainly sympathetic to the goals of the Neorealists, his essential humanism occasionally strained against his collaborator's desire for gritty realism. The paper posits that Human emotions have their place in the great scheme of things and De Sica recognized that.

From the Paper:

"The contributions of Vittorio deSica to the body of film known as Neorealist did not begin or end with his masterpiece, Bicycle Thieves, although that is the film for which he is best known and remembered. Having begun his working career as an actor in stage and film comedies, De Sica never lost his sympathy for the human condition. In company with the other two giants of the Italian Neorealist school--Roberto Rossellini and Luchini Visconti--DeSica created films that have remained fresh and moving over many years and many different political periods because they are, in the end, about human beings rather political systems.
"The Italian Neo-Realist movement did not spring from thin air so, before we take a look at De Sica's films in greater detail, it might be helpful to examine the environment which shaped his views."

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