By Bert Cardullo

ISBN-10: 0791474070

ISBN-13: 9780791474075

Thought-provoking interviews with 9 significant movie administrators, observed by way of severe essays on their paintings.

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As for the flag, you misread it because you’re not a native Italian: in Italy, you see, it is customary to place a flag of Italy atop a house when it is completed, which is where the flag under the film’s credits is sitting. BC: Were you already thinking in “neorealistic terms,” let us call them, when you made The Children Are Watching Us? VDS: It would perhaps be presumptuous of me to pretend that I was already thinking in terms of neorealism, but it is true that I had realized what possibilities there were in taking the camera outside the studios, into the open air, wherever one would be able to capture the way people really live.

To paint every blade of grass one must be the Douanier Rousseau. In the world of cinema one must have the love of a De Sica for all creation itself. , vol. 2 [University of California Press, 1971]) This seems like a more sentimental statement on Bazin’s part than it is. What he means, I think, is that no subject or character becomes truly important or remarkable until awakened by art. For this reason, De Sica’s love is not greater than art; his art is the love. And it deserves far more critical attention than it has hitherto received.

But, as things transpired, they presaged a new and adult era which was to be sponsored and—even if cautiously— encouraged by the big wheels of Hollywood. BC: What caused this intelligent change of heart in Hollywood? VDS: We don’t need to delve too deeply into causes. Our times are explosive, and people today have developed an analytical approach to life. Television itself had a cataclysmic effect on the American film market. Hollywood was rudely aroused from its torpor when in 1947 television was unleashed, and the public was subjected to a repetitive barrage of old films.

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