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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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But above and beyond the merits of its purely formal properties, the image reveals an intimate knowledge of the subject matter on the part of the film makers. How is it that the child is still alive? If you were asked to identify the author of this film, how would you respond? Why does Mark feel naked without his camera? There are other characteristics of Bicycle Thieves that Bazin believes makes it a true example of neorealism.

At best they turn out to be infant actor prodigies, but that is something else again. Any of the shots as standalone takes would not mean much to someone watching them.

The Bicycle Thieves: Film with profound influence – The Economic Times

We see the bike stolen by other poor Italian men. For, in believing life to be good and behaving accordingly, Andre had bifycle beneficial effect on all who came in contact with him, and one could count on the fingers of one hand those who behaved badly toward him.

The film returns repeatedly to images of people fused with cameras and people interacting with cameras. In the twi- light, a half -naked baby cries endlessly.

In a world already once again obsessed by terror and hate, in which reality is scarely any longer favored for its own sake 20 An Aesthetic of Reality but rather is rejected or excluded as a political symbol, the Italian cinema is certainly the only one which preserves, in the midst of the period it depicts, ‘a revolutionary humanism.


For the rest, the realism of the tihef Italian films has been frequently contrasted with the aestheticism of American and, in part, of French productions.

How the does the metaphor of bicyle border relate to bivycle dimensions of the film, including the narrative and the construction of character?

The real like the imaginary in art is the concern of the artist alone. In the middle of the chase the little boy suddenly needs to piss.

The Bicycle Thieves: Film with profound influence

Both are concerned with the art of painting as distinct from the technique of representation, -Both speak in substance of the cinema as the natural climax to what Malraux describes as the “frantic headlong quest of movement by the votaries of representation at the end of the baroque period. It is the same today bazij the Italian cinema. How is the reception of those images different from the way the snuff films are screened in Peeping Tom?

It is yhief own particular dialectic which, like his humor, it is dangerous to overlook. No major cinematographic school between and the present Italian cinema can boast of the absence of actors, but from time to time a film outside the ordinary run will remind us of the advantage of not using them. Is it ironic, or is there really an adventure taking place?

At what points in the film does that type of shot return? 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. However, here is an episode from the final story which reminds me now of Hemingway, now of Faulkner: Likewise, the choice of a bicycle as the key object in the drama is characteristic both of Italian urban life and of a period when mechanical means of transporta- tion were still rare and expensive.


Does this reflexivity make the story more or less engrossing?

Rather than an influence bzin on the other, it is an accord between cmema and literature, based on the same profound aesthetic data, on the same concept of the rela- tion between art and reality. This will alert our moderators to take action. Whatever it be, though, we are a long way off from the telling conviction of Poiemkin or The End of Saint Petersburg or even the theme is even the same of Piscator. But what is sincerity?

To grasp the dialectical relation between Charlie and Verdoux, he argues, is beyond the reach of the general public. I would sooner cite, in preference to these dubious cause-and-effect relations, the exceptional affinity of the two civilizations as revealed by the Allied occupation. One is reminded of the great Re- 45 What Is Cinema?

These then bicyccle the facts of the case.

The filmic image, says Mitry, gives us an arbitrary, not a true, reality. Jean Mitry, to whom Gozlan and Zimmer turn for support, in reality stands somewhere between them and Bazin. Although well done on some accounts, In nome della legge, which the Italians tried to push to the fore at Knokke-le-Zo ute, cannot escape similar criticisms.

When he arrived at an editorial meeting its tone would change and the subject under discussion take on a different shape.