Paisà: light
in Cinema – Italy
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Paisà had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival in 1946. It is considered the most emblematic film of neorealism, though the term 'neorealism' was not yet part of critical debate until early in 1948. The realism of Paisà moves in a phenomenological light, emphasized by Amédée Ayfre and André Bazin. It is the film-maker who is close to things and gives the impression of setting these in motion in the narrative rather than bending things to fit a premeditated design. Paisà adopts a compound approach, mixing live shooting with dubbing, authentic voice material with a life-likeness of it. It has been said that Paisà was a quasi-documentary journey of discovery of a troubled and cruel Italy that had never before been filmed. The originality of the narrative construction of Paisà was highlighted by French critics at the time of the film's release.

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