L'Amore is a two episode film that centers on actress, Anna Magnani. In this film, Rossellini first made use of a plan-sequénce technique of filming his subject. This method consisted of starting with an extreme close-up shot of his subject to define her as the primary focus of the scene, then gradually proceeding outward to define the subject's environment. This was in direct contrast to the typical Hollywood approach where the environment was shot first and then the subject was drown out of the environment.
La macchina ammazzacattivi is a discourse on the ability of the cinema to portray reality and truth. As his most original film, Rossellini inserted the theme of morality for the first time as a continuous theme. Balancing these two intense threads, Rossellini relied upon vibrant exaggerated action and senseless humor. The use of this Commedia dell'arte style contrasted greatly with Rossellini's past films which reflected somber events.
Rossellini's Transitional Films: A Step Toward a New Reality