Wednesday, November 20, 2013

REVISED

The Bicycle Thief, 1948 Italian neorealistic film, that mainly explores what economic troubles that Italy had to face at that time. Antonio, the main protagonist is an unemployed man, who gets a chance to get a job as a poster man. However, there is one requirement: he needs to have a bike. This one very clear momen truly shows the main idea/economical struggle: Antonio’s wife collects things from home, they have sell it for him to get that dreamed bicycle. Sadly, Antonio didn’t have an opportunity to enjoy new bike and job  for long,  because one day his bicycle was stolen.
   
The main thing, that distinguishes Italian Neorealism from other movements is the fact that in many films people who acted were not professional actors. They usually had jobs that were similar to the ones their characters had. This explains why actors’ performances in the Bicycle Thief were so real and persuasive. Also, neorealism movies were often shot on the actual locations. It was cheaper, but not easier to shoot, because filmmakers had to adapt to the environment and conditions that were on those locations. 
   
In the second act, that starts when the bicycle is stolen, we truly start to see drama. The struggle that Antonio and his family have to overcome, when he does not have a bike. What it basically meant was that he was once again unemployed. Antonio and son start to search for the bicycle, however their attempts are not successful. One of the richest moments of the movie is when Antonio takes his son out for dinner. They eat, but at the same times they stare at the family, which seems to be very affluent and then Antonio starts to talk about what the stolen bicycle basically means for the first time and explains how much money they could have had if he still had his job.

The last part of the movie is all about desperation, because Antonio decides to steal a bike. The attempt is also unsuccessful and he is caught, however his son kind of saves him as the owner of the bike sees the desperation on child’s face and let them go.
The ending of the film is not clear. We are left with an open conflict. Father and the son just go down the street and blur into the crowd. This is another indication of Italian Neorealism, as filmmakers liked to leave open endings.

The way this film was shot made it unique. It reflected the tragedy of characters' everyday life. The camera mostly captured long takes. Also, deep focus of the lens. All in one, it made the movie touching, you can easily connect with the characters and this is fundamental. 

Overall, The Bicycle Thief is a great movie that truly reflects Italian Neorealism. We can feel Italian culture, we see how people confront the problems, we see the aesthetical view and landscape that also characterizes Italy. I really liked this movie and I look forward to seeing another film of Neorealism movement soon.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Bicycle Thief






The Bicycle Thief, 1948 Italian neorealistic film that mainly explores what economic troubles that Italy had to face at that time. Antonio, the main protagonist is an unemployed man, who gets a chance to get a job as a poster man but there is one requirement - he needs to have a bike. Very clear moment that truly shows the main idea/economical struggle is when Antonio’s wife collects things from home, they sell it and he gets the dreamed bicycle. However, Antonio didn’t have an opportunity to enjoy new bike and job long enough, as one day his bicycle was stolen.

The main thing that distinguishes Italian Neorealism from other movements is that in many films people that acted were not professional actors, they usually had jobs that were similar to what their characters had. This explains why actors’ performances in the Bicycle Thief were so real and persuasive. Also, neorealism movies were often shot on the actual locations. That determined that it was cheaper, but not easier to shoot as filmmakers had to adapt to the environment and conditions that were on those locations.

In the second act, that starts when the bicycle is stolen, we truly start to see drama. The struggle that Antonio and his family have to overcome when he does not have a bike and what it basically means is that he is once again unemployed. Antonio and son start to search for the bicycle, however their attempts are not successful. One of the richest moments of the movie is when Antonio takes his son out for dinner. They eat, but at the same times they stare at the family that seems to be very affluent and here the time when Antonio for the first time starts to talk about what the stolen bicycle basically means and explains how much money they could have had if he still had his job.


The last part of the movie is all about desperation as Antonio decides to steal a bike. The attempt is also unsuccessful and he is caught, however his son kind of saves him as the owner of the bike sees the desperation on child’s face and let them go.

The ending of the film is not clear. We are left with an open conflict. Father and the son just go down the street and blur into the crowd. This is another indication of Italian Neorealism, as filmmakers liked to leave open endings.

Overall, The Bicycle Thief is a great movie that truly reflects Italian Neorealism. We can feel Italian culture, we see how people confront the problems, we see the aesthetical view and landscape that also characterizes Italy. I really liked this movie and I look forward to seeing another film of Neorealism movement soon.