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Not only the actors and the locations, but also the sound and music present in the film of Neorealism give us a split of the italian society of post world war.
Federico Savina, phonic at Biennale of Venice, told us, in a recent interview, how the great composer Alessandro Cicognini, the undisputed composer of the musics of the films of neorealism, created a lot of soundtracks, but the most challenging was one for the final scene of “Miracolo a Milano”, when a group of flying brooms filled up the sky over Milan.
But which is the sound of a flying broom?
The film contains a march too, written by Cicognini, an hymn of freedom sang by the homeless people presented in the film.
Another song became a symbol of the neoraelism and of a particular historic moment in Itlay was “Tammurriata nera”.
Another song became a symbol of the neorealism and of a particular historic moment in Italy: we are talking of ”Tammurriata nera”.
Written in 1944 by the musician E.A. Mario and by the lyricist Edoardo Nicolardi, this song reach its greatest diffusion thanks to Renato Carosone.
The text is about a particular phenomenon of the second war world: a lot of black children were born because of the passionate nights between american soldiers and italian women.
In the film “Bycicle’s thieves” this song is sung in the pub’s scene, when Bruno and his father Antonio, stressed by the bicycle research, decided to eat a mozzarella cheese sandwich.
Back to the present days Pino Donaggio remembers how Carlo Lizzani introduced him to the rythm of boogie boggie, very rapresentive of the Neorealism period.
The boogie boggie sounds were introduced in Italy by the american soldiers, and in a certain way it was the sound of freedom and innovation.
At the end of the docu-film Lizzani reminisced he was a great dancer and in the film “Bitter Rice” by Giuseppe De Sanctis, he was choosen as body double of Vittorio Gassmann dancing with Silvano Mangano.
In a certain way the soundtracks of neorealim are the positive side of the neorealism. Not only poverty and sad history from the post second war world, but also positive musics and sounds, hymn of freedom and hope!