vii CONTENTS Translator’s Introduction 1 An Aesthetic of Reality: Cinematic Realism and the Italian School of the Liberation 1 6 La Terra Trema 41 Bicycle Thief. 4/6 am. “Bicycle Thieves” and “Killer of Sheep” are both neorealist films that portray real life at a certain place in time. Neither film is. Bicycle Thieves is often considered one of the masterpieces of Italian neorealism, and Bazin refers to De Sica often when defining cinematic.

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This is a seemingly pedestrian plot that should not merit a news item, a Bazin says, yhief less an entire feature length film. The difficulties attendant on lighting and shooting make it almost impossible to use real interiors as settings. If they had, how can they talk of him, against the clear evidence both of Bazin’s own writings and of the philosophy of Personalism which he shared, and which I purposely outlined at some length, as bourgeois and presumably the dupe, as they would call it, of capitalist ideology?

Is a certain kind of director like a certain kind of detective?

We see the bike stolen by other poor Italian men. What biyccle a ceaseless source of baazin, ensuring the Italian cinema a wide moral audience among the Western nations, is the significance it gives to the portrayal of actuality.

It was in reply to an unfavorable review of the film by Natalie 8 Moffat, also printed in Les Temps Modernes July, which was the second of two articles by hsr on the film, the first describing its actual production, after she had visited the ChapJin sludios.

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Bossuet and Fenelon, equally sym- bolic seventeenth-century churchmen, stare frozenly down at him as he moves, his mind full of what they would consider theologically revolu- tionary ideas, toward his destination, the Cafe St.

The attention of the camera following them, step by step, though it will share all the difficulties they encounter, all their dangers, will how- ever be impartially divided between the heroes of the adventure and the conditions they must encounter.

One always felt it was so, but in the reverberations of the accusations of witch- craft that some people today are making against actors suspected of a pact with the demon of art for art’s sake, one has tended to forget it.


It is silly and per- haps as naive as Bazni praise of the tears induced by melodrama.

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In each, as one might expect, several actions are going on simultaneously. This close-up is justified psychologically by the victim’s concentration on the symbol of his extreme distress.

His hitherto quiet but moving struggle with the nitty-gritty of life as faced by the lowest common denominator is replaced here by a fantasy so fantastic as never to have been equalled by anyone attempting anything similar.

Although every scene in the film was re-created years later, The Battle bazni Algiers is renowned for its appearance of documentary realism and newsreel-like authenticity.

As staggeringly beautiful as the fishing fleet may be when it leaves the harbor, it is still just the village fleet, not, as in Potemkin, the Enthusiasm and the Support of the people of Odessa who send out the fishing boats loaded with food for the rebels. He kept all sorts of pets, a chameleon, a parrot, squirrels, tortoises, a crocodile and other creatures I cannot list because I don’t know how to spell their names; not long before he died, he had been force-feeding some kind of lizard, an bidycle from Brazil, stuffing pieces of hard-boiled egg into its mouth with a bicyle stick.

thlef Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Drag according to your convenience. Never- theless it is the Liberation that set these aesthetic trends so completely free as to allow them to develop under new conditions that were destined to have their share in inducing a noticeable change in direction and meaning.

The Bicycle Thieves: Film with profound influence

If Cary Grant had gotten the role of Antonio like he could have, viewers would have seen Cary Grant and every other character they have ever seen him play. The rest are from the fourth volume, Neorealism: What is the connection between these images and the relationship between Georges and Majid?

Gathered there at one of their regular editorial meetings are a group of writers who form part of the staff of Esprit, a literary review founded in to which Andre later contributed regularly, between and The ambiguity which Bazin posits in the face of reality and of the cinematic image of reahty is ridiculed alike in the text and in the title of the first installment “The Delights of Ambiguity.


First, because lighting calls for a studio, and the greater part of the filming is done on exteriors or in real-life settings. However that may be, the hopes that we placed in the new Italian school had started to turn into uneasiness, or even skepticism, all the more since the aesthetic of neorealism forbids it to repeat itself or plagiarize itself in the way that is possible and even normal in some traditional genres the crime film, the western, the atmospheric film, and so on.

Does the film ever draw on conventions of fiction filmmaking? The capitaUsts and the Fascist authorities at least provided Italy with modem studios.

So far from being an example to be followed, Farrebique is a special case in no way invalidating the law bictcle I propose to caU the law of the amalgam. The nonprofessionals are naturally chosen for their suitability for the part, either bwzin they fit it physically or because there is some parallel between the role and their lives.

The truth of this is already being borne out in various ways and places. Although we aE knew him for a good and honest man, his goodness was nevertheless an endless surprise, so abundandy was it manifest. The theme of young couples in trouble, fleeting reflections of which are to be seen in the opening passages of The Bicycle Thieves, was repeatedly baizn by De Sica.

Hitherto most critics, being men of letters, have treated cinema as if it were literature. To condemn it does not of necessity mean to be bicyycle bad faith. Prostitution, the black market, and a Franciscan convent alike provide the story material.

What kind of space does Carol inhabit in the beginning of the film? To dislike Kuro- sawa because one loves Mizoguchi is only the first step toward under- standing.