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…

Hopper Goes to the Movies

Here’s wishing a happy posthumous birthday to American painter Edward Hopper, who was born on this day in 1882. Very capable of picking out melancholic beauty in the modernising world, but thoroughly cynical nonetheless, he once bluntly stated, “Ninety percent of artists are forgotten ten minutes after they’re dead.”  Yet Hopper’s gruff pessimism, or perhaps pragmatism, did nothing to diminish…