History of Italian Cinema

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I am not very acquainted with Italian cinema, as I have seen only 3 Italian films. Il Postino, La Vita è Bella and Malena. I don't remember much about Il Postino and Melena. I remember I loved the way they mixed Pablo Neruda's poetry with the Italian accent, and the cinematography of the background was beautiful. I don't remember much about Malena, except that it has a extremely beautiful leading actress, Monica Bellucci, as well as Maria Grazia Cucinotta stars in Il Postino.

One movie I loved as well as the majority of those who saw it was La Vita è Bella. It was an incredible way of mixing Romance with Comedy with historical facts. It also mixes a horrible truth in a heartfelt way. It is without a doubt, a beautiful movie about a horrible event that leaves you with a good feeling when the movie is finished.

Films in Italy began in the early 1900's. The films described different historical facts and names. The golden age of Italian film was from 1909 to 1916. After the First World War, sound was introduced to Italian films but they became less interesting. The fascist lasted from 1930 to 1943, which gave way to the Neorealism movement. Right after that the Pink Neorealism and Italian comedy commenced.

The Beginning

Pierre Leprohon, in his book Italian Cinema, tells us that Italian Leonardo da Vinci was the creator of the idea of the dark camera, and another Italian, Gian Batista della Porta, a century later was the creater of the first model.

In 1905, Filoteo Alberini, made the first movie, La presa di Roma, in Rome, which was about the Risorgimiento. This was an idealist movie that had politics that started national conscience.

The origin of Italian cinema is directly...