Thursday, December 8, 2011

Italian Neorealism and French New Wave Observations and Anaylisis

    Hello, my name is Nick and I'm going to be talking about French New Wave and Italian Neorealism. Specifically I'm going to compare and contrast the aspects between the movies 400 Blows and The Bicycle Thief. First a little background on these two waves which are somewhat similar. Italian Neorealism was a style of film that was present in the 1940's in Italy. The films were you shot amongst the poor or working class using non professional actors. This movement contained filmmakers that wanted to ge out there and make films.

   Now to give some background information on the French New Wave. The wave was inspired by or influenced by Italian Neorealism. It was started in the 1950's in France. Like the Italian Neorealists they didn't want to abide to the classical rules to film making they wanted to try new things and get out there.

   Now that we have a very brief background lets talk about what the two movies (400 Blows = French New Wave. The Bicycle Thief = Italian Neorealist) have in common. First of all you could tell that they both wanted to get out and make the film right away because in both films there's only one part of the two that I can think of that has a shot edited in to give the illusion of a second camera. In other words both of them usually for each scene would have one camera that was rolling through the whole scene usually changing positions throughout, but since they did have it move throughout it made up for not having the other shots edited in. Another thing they both had almost the exact same structure for example: introduction, conflict, ramble, ramble, something dramatic and important to the story happens, ramble ramble, then it ends when you least expect it and you figure out the movie was really setting up to be about something else than you thought it would be. One of the things I really admire was how The Bicycle Thief ended how it distracted you, but was also building up to a meaning. At the end of 400 Blows everyone around me said, "What?" and started muttering amongst themselves. Although I don't know or think that those movies should represent all of their style, but I don't know if it was just the French , we just didn't understand. They both had a repeating background music melody if the characters were in a certain setting or had repeating emotions which put that song in the memory of the place and could be brought back later. For the moment those are the only specific things I could think that the two had in common they both had those various device function, except for maybe the 400 Blows ending which I could just be naive, but for the most part they did and for now I shall be concluding the "what they have in common" paragraph.

   In the difference between the films besides languages isn't much beside initial plot. The story structure is the same as I talked about in the last paragraph. To say the least the French New Wave definitely was inspired by Italian Neorealism and therefore lacks much difference, but besides what I just said if you know of any other differences that I've missed (Probably a lot, but hopefully not. ) comment below and let me know.