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December 07, 2006

The Bicycle Thief - 7

This is a classic (1948) Italian film, even being recognized with some Oscar's in the US. The story is about desperation, as a man who finally gets a job and sells some necessities to get a bicycle required for the job, has it stolen the first day. Then, with his son, he must search all of Rome to try to recover it. The situation continues to get more and more desperate, until the title of the film changes meaning (If you've seen it you know what I mean- although there has been some controversy that the film title should be translated as Bicycle Thieves). A very well done film.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is one of those films that I appreciate but don't fully love.

The moment where the wife takes the pillows and trades them in to secure the bike is one of the singular most affecting scenes I've ever seen. Likewise, the scene where the father takes his son out for the meal is telling and tragic, surrendered by those better off then themselves.

However, the ending was a bit too "realistic," in that the realism started to detract from the film by its end for me. That is, the parallelism became a bit too much, though as social realism it's certainly affectivce.