During the end of WW II due to the destruction and ruin of Italy a new movie genre was formed called Il Neorealismo. Italy’s main studio for filming was outside of Rome in Cinecitta’.
Due to the utter ruin of Italy money for actors, sets, and equpiment were unavailable. Thus directors like Rosselini De Sica and others took to the streets of Rome to film their scenes.
In addition, due to the lack of funds they could not pay actors so they
found people who were non-actors to perform these real to life stories in stark B&W films . Movies like Ladri di Biciclette, Roma Citta’ Aperta and others are true gems not only of Italian cinema but of world cinema. Do yourself a favor and sit down and watch one of these films. I promise the time will be well spent.