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Neo-realism – Top 5 final scenes

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After so many tributes to the great masters of neorealism, we return to our personal film charts.

Today we want to propose five of the most beautiful and exciting final scenes of the masterpieces of neo-realism:

“Rome, open city” Roberto Rossellini

The sequence symbol of neorealist cinema will always remain the final scene of “Rome open city”.

The role of Pina, starring Anna Magnani was inspired by Teresa Gullace, an Italian woman killed by Nazi soldiers, when she tried to speak to her husband prisoner of the Germans soldiers.

“Miracle in Milan” Vittorio De Sica

One of the first to use special effects, De Sica for this film, “fairy tale” spent over 180 million Italian Liras, getting into debt for several years after.


“Germany year Zero” Roberto Rossellini

Definitely the most shocking scene of  post-war cinema.  Rossellini stated that he wanted to “tell a story of a child, of an innocent creature which a distorted “utopian” education induced to commit murder in the belief that he was performing a heroic gesture. But a feeble light of morality is not yet extinguished in him; driven by those small gleams of conscious, confused, he commits suicide.”


“Mamma Roma” Pier Paolo Pasolini

In the final sequence, where Ettore is tied to the bed of restraint, Pasolini wants to create a sense of anguish long, painful, through the delirium of the dying boy and the searing pain of Mamma Roma while watching the buildings she dreamed of living, symbol of her defeat.


“Easy life” Dino Risi

The Easy Life  is considered one of the best italian comedy movie ever and a poignant portrait of Italy in the early 1960s. A strong critique of the ”economic miracle” that was starting to transform the country from a traditionally family-centered society into an individualistic and consumeristic one.

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