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Roberto Rossellini (Italian neorealism & cult film director: Roma, città aperta [Rome, Open City, 1945], Paisà [Paisan, 1946], Germania anno zero [Germany Year Zero / Deutschland im Jahre Null, 1948], Stromboli, terra di dio [Stromboli, 1950], Viaggio in Italia [Journey to Italy, 1954]).

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ITALIAN NEOREALISM (1944-1952). Major figures: Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, Cesare Zavattini, Luchino Visconti, Giuseppe De Santis, Suso Cecchi d'Amico, Federico Fellini (transition). Neorealism became famous globally in 1946 with Roberto Rossellini's Rome, Open City. Neorealist films often feature children in major roles, though their characters are frequently more observational than participatory.

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