Muerte de un Ciclista

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. ...
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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.
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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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2008
  • UPC: 715515028622
  • Original Release: 1955
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: B&W / Full Frame
  • Language: Español
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 13,416

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruna Corra Matilde
Otello Toso Miguel
Manuel Alexandre
Lucia Bosé Maria Jose
Carlos Casaravilla Rafa
Antonio Casas
Alberto Closas Juan
Technical Credits
Juan Antonio Bardem Director, Screenwriter
Alfredo Fraile Cinematographer
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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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Death of a Cyclist
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
      Color Bars
   Calle Bardem
      Play
      Index
   Subtitles
      On
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