Springtime in Italy: A Reader in Neo-Realism
Articles, speeches and letter on the Italian cinema
First UK edition, hardback in dustwrapper. 21.5 × 15cm, 242pp.
Italian neo-realism is widely recognised to be the single most important movement in the cinema since World War Two: the films themselves, (particularly major works like Rome, open city, Paisa, Bicycle Thieves, Shoeshine, and La terra trema) exercised a strong influence on international film making. The basic assumptions and ideas of the movement posed questions and issues which are still being vigorously debated, particularly the nature of realism and the relationship between cinema and society. The questions are both about the nature of art and the nature of politics in Italy.
Much has been written on the subject, but this is the first time that the original source material has been available either in English translation or in collected form. This collection includes articles, speeched and letters by the film makers themselves, from the directors such as Vittorio De Sica, Roberto Rossellini, Luchino Visconti and Michaelangelo Antonioni, to the writers Alberto Moravia and Cesare Zavattini. These documents are essential reading for an understanding, not only of neo-realism itself, but of the cultural history of the whole of Europe int its intellectual, political and economic diversity.
Both book and dustwrapper are in very good condition with only one real fault and that is the top outer corner of the title page has been snipped off. Otherwise, the pages are clean and the binding is secure.