An excellent video, "What is Neorealism?" was recently posted over on vimeo, created by filmmaker Ernie Park for Sight & Sound Magazine's May 2013 issue.
The video essay examines the two stylistically different films that resulted from independent Hollywood producer David O. Selznick's collaboration with Italian NeoRealist filmmaker Vittorio
DeSica. Theirs' was an unusual collaboration - one of Hollywood's top moguls, and one of the leading
filmmakers of the emerging NeoRealist movement coming out of postwar Italy. I remember reading
years ago that David O. Selznick had expressed an interest in producing DeSica's THE BICYCLE
THIEF, provided it could star Cary Grant. As absurd as it sounds, I wonder what kind of film would
have resulted from such a project?
In any case, the idea of Selznick and DeSica remains an intriguing
if apparently unsuccessful one.
Maggie Lange's piece over at Gawker explains that their approaches did not jive, however, which
resulted in two different films from the footage that came out of the project.