Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Rewriting historical neorealism in Matteo Garrone's “Gomorra”
by Greenburg, Katherine Elizabeth, M.A., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010, 48; 1480132
Abstract (Summary)

A response to the highly censured films of the Fascism, Neorealism took an apparently inglorious approach to daily lives of Italian citizens. To employ realism in their films, neorealists often shot on location instead of using sets, used nonprofessional actors, conversational speech rather than highly scripted dialogues and shot in a documentary-like style. The stylistic characteristics continue to have an influence on Italian filmmakers, as can be seen in the recently released Italian film Gomorra, directed by Matteo Garrone. Based on the novel of the same name by Italian journalist Roberto Saviano, Gomorra centers on the daily lives of members of the Neapolitan mafia, the Camorra. Garrone investigates the culture of the Camorra using stylistically typically neorealist techniques. While examining the concepts behind realism in literature and film, the present study aims to investigate the influence of neorealist thought on Italian film today, found through a critical viewing of Matteo Garrone’s Gomorra.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cervigni, Dino S.
Commitee: Luisetti, Federico, Rao, Ennio
School: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Department: Romance Languages
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Romance literature, Film studies
Keywords: Garrone, Matteo, Gomorra, Italy, Neorealism, Realism
Publication Number: 1480132
ISBN: 978-1-124-17258-3
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