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Muerte de un Ciclista
     

Muerte de un Ciclista

Director: Juan Antonio Bardem

Cast: Bruna Corra, Otello Toso, Manuel Alexandre

 
Juan Antonio Bardem's poison-penned melodrama about amorality among the Spanish bourgeoisie has been given a splendid DVD release in this edition from the Criterion Collection. Death Of A Cyclist has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and while the print used for this release shows some faint signs of wear here and there

Overview

Juan Antonio Bardem's poison-penned melodrama about amorality among the Spanish bourgeoisie has been given a splendid DVD release in this edition from the Criterion Collection. Death Of A Cyclist has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and while the print used for this release shows some faint signs of wear here and there, most of the time the source materials are excellent and Alfredo Fraile's noir-style photography is richly detailed and with a fine range of grey tones. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono, and the sound quality is quite good for a film of this vintage. The dialogue is in Spanish, with optional English subtitles. As a bonus, this edition also features Calle Bardem, a documentary produced for Spanish television in 2005 that looks back at Bardem as an artist, a friend and a political activist. The accompanying booklet includes Bardem's controversial 1955 essay on the state of Spanish cinema and an appreciation of Bardem and Death Of A Cyclist by Marsha Kinder. While not well known in the United States, Death Of A Cyclist was a crucial work in the Spanish cinema of the Fifties, and Criterion has done a fine job of presenting it in its best possible light.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/22/2008
UPC:
0715515028622
Original Release:
1955
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
46,314

Special Features

Calle Bardem (2005), a documentary on the revolutionary life and career of director Juan Antonio Bardem; Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by scholar Marsha Kinder and Bardem's 1955 call to arms for Spanish cinema

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Death of a Cyclist
1. Logos/Opening Credits [1:54]
2. An Accident [2:58]
3. "Blackmail" [1:11]
4. Professor Juan [4:07]
5. Escape [2:50]
6. Final Exam [2:11]
7. Known and Not Known [3:43]
8. A Simple Explanantion [2:55]
9. The Right Moment to Act [2:35]
10. A Dangerous Game [1:44]
11. "I'm a Reporter" [4:34]
12. Gossip [4:07]
13. Secret Hideaway [:01]
14. "Typically Spanish" Evening [7:24]
15. Protests on Campus [11:10]
16. Meeting at the Church [6:46]
17. Setting Things Straight [4:17]
18. Searching For a Way Out... [4:15]
19. "You Must Choose" [4:00]
20. Something Bad [5:03]
21. Twilight [1:27]
22. Accident on the Bridge [4:22]
23. End Credits [2:15]
1. Introduction [3:32]
2. Family [5:19]
3. Influences [2:49]
4. Salamanca 1955 [5:35]
5. Style [2:24]
6. Communist Militacy [5:15]
7. Theory [8:00]
8. Unionism [2:17]
9. Television [4:03]
10. Epilogue [4:42]

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