neo·​re·​al·​ism ˌnē-ō-ˈrē-ə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce neorealism (audio)
: a movement especially in Italian filmmaking characterized by the simple direct depiction of lower-class life
neorealist adjective or noun
neorealistic adjective

Examples of neorealism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Aesthetically, fantasy was often opposed to neorealism, a preferred aesthetic of the left. Nick Bowlin, Harper's Magazine, 24 Mar. 2024 Not everyone bought the idea, however, that Nemes’ death-camp neorealism was ultimately any less slick or manipulative than Spielberg’s more classical suspense-thriller technique. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 14 Dec. 2023 At the time the novel was published, Italian literary culture revolved around neorealism. Jess Bergman, The New Yorker, 8 Nov. 2023 The epitome of Italian neorealism, Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves (1948), got two first-place votes but wound up only #52. J. Hoberman, The New Republic, 22 June 2023 For lovers of the golden age of Italian cinema, one of the keenest pleasures of Leonora Addio will be its clever incorporation of clips from Rossellini, Antonioni, Lattuada and others to evoke the World War II years so vividly memorialized in classics of neorealism. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Feb. 2022 And as for neorealism? Gianmaria Tammaro, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Sep. 2022 Antonioni started working during the Italian neorealism movement, when films were shot on location, making use of nonactors, telling stories about working-class people and poverty and despair. Carina Chocano, New York Times, 7 Dec. 2022 How important were the influence of Fellini and Italian neorealism on you? Gianmaria Tammaro, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Sep. 2022

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Word History


neo- + realism (after Italian neorealismo)

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of neorealism was in 1950

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“Neorealism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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