Ozpetek's Facing Windows touches back on the neo-realism of the post World War II period in Italy in terms of the characters. The backstory of Davide's life as a homosexual and also him and his friends being hunted by the Nazis in order to exterminate the Jews and other "imperfects". This backstory feeds into how the characters in the present day of the film are struggling to find their own way and what they want out of life. Much like the people of Italy during and after the war who were trying to fight off numerous forms of oppression in order to follow their passions. Facing Windows was a good touch on how people all over, and in many different situations, strive to get what they desire from life.
Some of the modern characteristics portrayed in the movie facing windows are the variety of conflicts many of the characters present. i think it is very modern when they take different problems and struggles and weave it in to the big story and how it all connects in the end. Another modern Italian characteristic was how they added a love story about two men and the secrets they told each other and how they communicated, which was their secret letters. It was also interesting to see how hard it was on the old man to loose his gay lover when he died. Homosexuality is seen a lot more in modern movies, when it was probably a sin and looked down upon in past Italian movies.
According to online resources of Wikipedia and imdb.com this film illustrates modern Italian filmmaking through its use of psychological thrill, nudity and sexual content, and stylish camera work. The psychological thrill of this film stems from the concept that there are two plots within this film that ultimately tie together. The older man had a past. Cooking and his lost homosexual love tied into the mother's life. She too enjoyed cooking and seemed to have a love that would never work out. The struggle of homosexual love is definitely a psychological thrill in the film because it is something that is still not as widely accepted as some would hope. Italian cinema would not have touched upon homosexuality before. This film was still not as widely received as some would hope. The fact that there was nudity and some sexual content is another factor of modern Italian cinema. A final factor was the stylish camera work. This was used throughout the film but personally is remembered when the mother runs down the stairs and at the end when the camera circles her and zooms in on her eye.
Facing Windows illustrates modern Italian filmmaking by some of the risks Ozpetek took when creating this movie. At that time, it was risky to portray homosexual relationships on screen. Another modern characteristic is the use of sub-plots on top of the main story line. There was a love story between the two men, a history of the hardships one of the characters went through during the war and then the main struggle of the main character. These characteristics are all signs of the direction of modern filmmaking back then.
Modern Italian filmmaking is seen throughout the film Facing Windows because of the obsessive romance and adultery that the protagonist goes through. The main theme that displays modern Italian filmmaking is the portrayal of homosexuality and the the way it is depicted in such a natural, harmless way. These themes aren't seen in the older Italian Films.
Modern Italian filmmaking is illustrated in this movie by showing the different conflicts that are between characters. The main character deals with her family life where she struggles to get along with her husband and the mysterious man that lives across from her that fulfills all of her desired needs. The husband who struggles with his job and getting along with his wife. The movie also reflects on problems that happened during the time of war, this is touched upon when the old man remembers having to run to warn people about the nazi's therefore losing his homosexual lover.
Modern Italian filmaking is illustrated through its complex story line and intricate themes. The film does not follow a linear direction in exposing one theme. There are also many issues brought up that aided in the representation of Nazi times. There is homosexuality and pressured family values. New camera angles are also present and the story involves numerous changing scenes, compared to the neorealistic style of few on location scenes.
Ozpetek took some big risks in the film Facing Windows. He took part of his personal life, being gay, and added it to his film. Homosexuality was never used in films until more modern times because it was looked down on. Those who were gay did not put that characteristic of their life on display. Weaving this into the story was risky, but it worked! This was my favorite film. Being one of the more modern films that we watched, it had more depth to the story. It wasn't just about a woman being unhappy in her marriage, it was also about a gay man and the life he lived and the friendship that developed between him and the woman. Also, the camera angles and videography was clearly more modern and creative.
Modern Italian filmmaking is seen throughout Ozpetek's "Facing Windows" because of the protagonist's affair and the depiction of homosexuality in such a natural light. These themes aren't seen in the older Italian Films most likely because it wasn't as accepted as it is today. The film touches on times of war and the struggles of marriage. Also, the camera angles are of the modern times. More close ups and a number of different scenes throughout the movie.
I actually was absent for this film because I was taking care of my stolen wallet issues (i.e. canceling my cards). Mi dispiace.
Facing Windows is a perfect example of modern Italian cinema in that it covers controversial topics. Italy is a strongly Catholic country, which means that homosexuality is looked down on. A character in the film is gay, which shows that Italian cinema has progressed during the decades. It seems that cinema can only keep going, if it progresses. Italian cinema would be very bland if it conformed to the views of the Catholic church.-Beatriz
If Facing Windows was to take place in the Neorealistic times of the 1960's it would be outlawed not for being realistic but for the characters homosexuality as a major social topic in the film. But the modern Italian cinema trend has changed durastically over time. Now Italian cinema deals with issues like homosexuality which would never be covered before.