Film History – Term Paper Example
Topic Neorealist Influence in the Cinema of Today The 2009 American movie, Capitalism: a Love Story, by MichaelMoore is a typical display of Italian Neorealist influence in the cinema today. Like the Neo Realism that primarily focused on the poor and the working class or the impoverished in the society in general, in this movie, Michael Moore depicts how the idea of Capitalism has continued to oppress the ordinary American. True to Neo Realism that is known for eliciting emotions, this movie talks of a universe where a very small population literally controls all the wealth of the American society while the rest of the majority barely survive (Dargis Para 4).
Neorealist films are known for their on location shooting, non-professionalism and for their documentary styles among other visual elements. Michael Moore does just that in Capitalism: a Love Story. The movie starts with a scene where CCTV cameras captures the images of bank robbers—a reflection of on-location shooting. Caught in the CCTV are a balaclava wearing 12-year old boy and an old man who is bedraggled and in a Hawaiian shirt. In the scene, Michael Moore compares the failed efforts of these ordinary people in the society with a scenario whereby a bank executive recently made away with a cool $700bn of public funds with no strings attached (Dargis, Para 4). Because of the aspect of Capitalism, Michael Moore argues, this is regarded as a clean escape in the contemporary America. Like the Italian Neorealist films that mainly contended with harsh economic times and dangerous moral conditions after the Second World War, Capitalism: a Love Story talks of Capitalism as a love relationship between the American middleclass that has been marked by unfaithfulness leading to poor living condition of the latter (Dargis Para 8).
Dargis, Manohla. "Capitalism: A Love Story." The New York Times 22 September 2009.