Definition of neorealism in English:



  • 1[mass noun] A movement or school in art or philosophy representing a modified form of realism.

    • ‘More than just theories, neo-realism and neo-liberalism represent paradigms or conceptual frameworks that shape individuals images of the world and influence research priorities and policy debates and choices.’
    • ‘For the uninitiated, neo-realism is a movement that came into being towards the end of the Second World War, where the general mood was one of disillusion and horror of war, and anxiety of social and political reconstruction.’
    • ‘Contemporary neo-realism has been involved in a renewed debate with contemporary liberalism.’
    • ‘The foundation of neo-realism is the belief that we live an anarchic world where armed might is the decisive force in world politics.’
    • ‘This was the beginning of neo-realism, where Mussolini's escapism was replaced with raw truth.’
    • ‘To oppose neo-realism, in other words, was by no means inevitably a ‘right-wing’ or retrograde act.’
    • ‘Certainly neither rational choice nor neo-realism migrated north to any appreciable degree.’
    1. 1.1A naturalistic movement in Italian literature and cinema that emerged in the 1940s. Important exponents include the writer Italo Calvino and the film director Federico Fellini.
      • ‘Its roots can be traced back to the American director Robert Flaherty with his famous documentary on Inuit life, Nanook of the North, through Italian neo-realism and the French new wave.’
      • ‘If an Italian or French director had shot such a sequence, it would have been extolled as neo-realism at its best.’
      • ‘We love Italian neo-realism, and old Hollywood of the '20s, '30s and '40s.’
      • ‘Kiarostami gives a twist to neo-realism, however, a transforming twist of Modernist self-consciousness, and this, too, has influenced other Iranian film-makers, including Makhmalbaf.’
      • ‘The strong influence of Italian neo-realism is further subverted by such outlandish sights as a boy suckling at a cow's udder and Pedro hurling an egg directly at the camera.’
      • ‘According to a recent film writer, neo-realism was a great but ‘tragic episode’ in cinema history.’
      • ‘And the Italian cinema that one would see in the theaters in the late '50s, early '60s was Italian comedy, Italian style, which, to me, was like the end of neo-realism.’
      • ‘Its modern depiction of everyday working-class life and its new approach to realism were inspired by Italian neo-realism and by the techniques used by Mazzetti's Free Cinema friends.’
      • ‘The lens of art cinema, constitutive of Italian neo-realism, is an additional model for Memories' complexities, as it clearly influences Alea's vision of film.’
      • ‘A tribute to a beautiful place as much as the story of the Italian occupation, this is almost incidentally a groundbreaking masterpiece of neo-realism.’
      • ‘The first documentary feature was Robert J Flaherty's Nanook of the North, a groundbreaking picture in its neo-realism, depicting the daily routine of an Eskimo family.’
      • ‘While the director does poor work of aping the classics of Italian neo-realism, he excels with the more fevered and fantastic elements.’
      • ‘By the 1940s, he was a Marxist, an anti-fascist and a pivotal figure in Italian neo-realism, all without ever losing his taste for caviar.’
      • ‘The works of these authors inhabit the domains of neo-realism, modernism, postmodernism and magical realism.’
      • ‘State control of the Triennale and cinema laid the groundwork for the triumph of industrial design and neo-realism, respectively, in the post-war period.’
      • ‘Critics point to this style as a rebirth of the Italian neo-realism of the 1940s: filmic tales of ordinary people and everyday life.’
      • ‘Hence it is possible for us to understand the importance of Italian neo-realism beyond its immediate social significance.’
      • ‘Closer to neo-realism, but excluded from it in a number of ways, were war narratives which went too far beyond the template of Resistance-dominated, committed writing.’
      • ‘The focus is on the movement of neo-realism and the powerful cinema that came to be under this genre.’
      • ‘He played a major part in shaping neo-realism in Italian fiction after the Second World War.’