The Bicycle Thief

The Bicycle Thief

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vmwrites More than 1 year ago
For any cinemphile who wants to learn more about Italian Neorealism, I consider the Absolute Essentials to include Bicycle Thieves, Umberto D, and La Strada. For those unfamiliar with this genre, the Italian Neorealist films depicted the social and economic poverty of the period after WW2, in a country whose administrative infrastructure was being reconstructed, whose people were recovering from the destruction of war, and whose spirit was muddied by one disappointment after another. Bicycle Thieves presents a panorama of life in Italy at a critical juncture. And what makes this film - and others like it - so poingnant and so moving is the on-location cinemtography, the genuine and sometimes brutal look at poverty, and the use of non-actors. This is an absolute MUST for any cinema collection. And for those who are willing to venture into Italian Neorealism, there are the Japanese Postwar films that go hand in hand with their Italian counterparts. No film collection would be complete without these.
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