Lectures 2006
10/19/2019
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"Life and space in the Italian neorealistic cinema" Vassilopoulou Chryssa, Georgiadou Mirto

The occasion of this lecture is given by our interest in the relation between form and its content, between constructed and lived space.

In order to answer to the difficult queries set by this relation in architecture, we have turned to another art, where form and content are equally examined: the cinema. Since architecture can only be able to predict, to “envisage” the use of space, it is naturally deprived of the perception of lived space, while in cinema, life and built space are being viewed together. Due to its constancy to the description of reality and contrary to the grandiosity and the exaggerated aspect of the previous cinema period (the fascist one) the Italian neorealism is one of the suitable cinemas in order to examine this fundamental relation between space and life.

Some movies have been selected for the necessities of this research, the analysis of which is being done under two factors: a) the historical development of neorealism and therefore the development of social models from the very early post-war years until late 50’s and b) the artistic view of the three “masters” of neorealism, Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, Luchino Visconti as well as the main representative of neorealismo rosa, Renato Castellani. The aim is to detect the reality of life and space.