I share Daniel Case's regard for Hector Babenco's excellent PIXOTE.
I once showed it in a class along with STREETWISE (1985), which is
nominally a 'documentary.' Yet because it makes use of so many
devices borrowed from fiction film, PIXOTE ends up seeming far more
'realistic,' despite having been scripted and 'acted.'
PIXOTE has seemed to me to represent the fulfillment, in a way,
of Neo-Realism. Have there been any American films which have
come this close to 'truth'?
-- Derek Bouse