June 25, 2013 6:51 PM   Subscribe

"If I had to conduct an experiment that would give an insight into neorealism, I'd build a time machine and travel to Italy, circa 1952. I'd ask Vittorio De Sica to make a film using Hollywood actors like Montgomery Clift and Jennifer Jones. I'd then team De Sica up with a Hollywood producer, the kind that liked to impose his will and sensibility onto a film—someone like David O Selznick. In bringing these two worlds of cinema together, I'd hope for a clash of sensibilities so great that it would result in two cuts of the same film, one by De Sica and the other by Selznick. I would run these two films side by side and examine each cut, and in the difference I would find something to say about the essence of neorealism."
Sight & Sound magazine's excellent video essay 'What is neorealism?' compares Terminal Station to Indiscretion of an American Wife.
posted by EXISTENZ IS PAUSED (4 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
this pretty great
posted by juv3nal at 7:57 PM on June 25, 2013

I haven't yet RTFA, but that FPP quote may be the best thing I've read all week.
posted by hwestiii at 2:20 AM on June 26, 2013

This was a great short piece. Not being a fan of Montgomery Clift, I wasn't aware of these two films. But, I'm definitely going to have to seek out Terminal Station.
posted by Thorzdad at 5:44 AM on June 26, 2013

wikipedia: "The two versions have been released together on DVD by The Criterion Collection."

Amazon Prime has the short (Selznick) version on instant video for free.

and Stazione Termini on YouTube
posted by morganw at 10:19 PM on June 26, 2013

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