Framing in Neorealism

Framing is also a significant aspect in neorealism. Framing resulted in a sense of realism and honesty in the film industry, which the audience had never experienced before. Cook and Bernink observed that “Aesthetically, the realism of the neorealism movement consisted principally of a commitment to the representation of human reality”. Thus, the indiscriminative framing of neo-realists provided the audience with an opportunity to see how Italy, once a beautiful pre-war country, was affected by the war. Similarly, Ray uses special framing effects to maximize the audience’s satisfaction and to inject a sense of objectivity in his film. Ray also makes no effort to objectify any particular scene, but leaves that task to the audience. For example, in the scene in which the train comes into and disappears from the frame, the camera remains static and does not pan to the receding locomotive. Instead, it remains in the same spot as before, showing plumes of smoke instead.