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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If cinema is no more, what takes its place? The Italian camera retains something of the human quality of the Bell and Howell newsreel camera, a projection of hand and eye, almost a living part of the operator, instantly ui tune with his awareness.

It may happen that one’s foot hesitates between two rocks, or that one misses one’s footing and slips. In the middle of the chase the little boy suddenly needs to piss. What devices are used to distinguish between the two films? How does Peeping Tom differentiate between these gazes?

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Already we were beginning to look toward England whose recent cinematic rebirth is likewise, in part, the fruit of realism; that of the school of documen- tarists who, before and during the war, had gone deeply into the resources offered by social and technical realities. In any case, the Italians bicycld not the last to downgrade their “neorealism.

They are moments uniquely to be lived through and cannot, by definition, be treated as “objects. Article PDF first page preview.

It would be unjust and untrue to see such an assessment as the final measure of this particular technique. To dislike Kuro- sawa because one loves Mizoguchi is only the first step toward under- standing.

Here the Italians are at an undoubted advantage. How would you characterize the political beliefs expressed in the film? When writing later of Bazm, Touchard referred to Mounier as “their common master from whom Bazin had acquired his ahnost invincible passion for abstract terminology. Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. I am not merely referring to the tone or the subject, but in a profound way to the style.


Miracle in Milan is populated by an assortment of characters who are often as crazy and colourful as they are desolate and deprived. The philosophy of Mounier is a varia- tion of the Personalist movement that existed in different forms in France, the United States, England, Holland, Switzerland, and elsewhere.

Bicyc,e the same reason the ghief will take care never to dissociate their performance from the decor or from baain performance of their fellow actors, Man himself is just one fact among others, to whom no pride of place should be given a priori. Never miss a great news story!

We then hear off camera as someone tries to sexually assault Assita. It had a profound effect on the economic, social, and moral life of the country.

So, perhaps he has answered his own question and in the years since this review appeared there has grown up a widespread understanding of the Charlie-Verdoux relationship. I have arrived at the point of characterizing as similar the styles of Rossellini in Paisa and of Orson Welles in Citizen Kane. Is there more guilt and retribution in Peeping Tom?

This dramatic role played by the marsh is due in great measure to deliberately intended quali- ties in the photography. The peasant, for example, was a well-known Madrid comic actor. What do they contribute to the film? We see the bike stolen by other poor Italian men.

The Bicycle Thieves: Film with profound influence

It is true that some of them are, but not the principal characters. What do the characters learn about themselves and each other when they make these transitions from one category of space to another? Who looks at whom, who is seen by whom, who watches without being seen in return? What theoretical reading from the course seems most directly related to these images? This leads to poor people stealing from other poor people because the poor do not have any means of retribution.

Francis of Assisi possessed of a kind of goodness at once comical and touching. What is the connection between these images and the relationship between Georges and Majid?


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He has to show the truth — a real setting. Its maker, the legendary master of Italian neo-realism, Baazin de Sicadirected a series of outstanding tnief, but none with a greater impact on the connoisseur and commoner alike than The Bicycle Thieves. And, by way of gen- eralizing about this aesthetic pessimism: La Terra Trema bores the public. These groups, centers for philosophical, theological, and sociological discussion, were encouraged and supported by the French Personalist movement, the guiding spirit and main driving force behind which was Emmanuel Mounier Who is watching whom?

Apprehended and then released, he is as poor as ever, but now he feels the shame of having sunk to the level of the thief. 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.

It was these philosophers who first saw the cosmos or “reality” as a whoL. The star of GoddessRuan Lingyu, was probably the most famous actress in the Chinese film industry before her suicide in at the age of So much for the purely philoso- phizing Mitry.

So, if you do not have the eyes to see, you are free to attribute what happens to bad luck or to chance. But this thesis is never stated as such, it is just that events are so linked together that they have the appearance of a formal truth while retaining an anec- dotal quality. That his fervor lasted we see from various pieces of evidence, for ex- ample in his review in Esprit of Lousiam Story ten years or bixycle later, in which he insists that his readers see the film. Choose your reason below and click on the Report button.