Black Realism in Film

BY SEAN STEADMAN / Italian Neo-Realism paved the way for what would later be termed ‘realist’ directorial approaches to making films. Leaders of the movement, such as Vitorrio di Sica, Luchino Visconti and Roberto Rossellini carved out the traits of realist depictions with films such as Bicycle Theives (1948), La Terra Trema (1948) and Rome, Open City (1945). Visual…