I started my purse and pulse blog talking about The Bicycle Thief (1948 directed by Vittorio de Sica) which is part of the Italian neo-realism post-war movement. Italian neo-realism began when people like Vittorio de Sica and Roberto Rossellini (director of Rome Open City in 1945) started shooting on location with portable cameras, cheap film stocks and unknown actors outside of any kind of working studio system. This was essentially a movement created out of necessity—no access to sound stages, little funding for sets or quality cameras and no star system, etc…sound familiar? That’s also how TRUE independent cinema began in the USA. Be back next time with more on Italian neo-realism and the USA’s indie film pioneer …Who do you think it is?