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Bicycle Thieves: Ladri Di Biciclette (BFI Film Classics)

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Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette) Vittorio de Sica, 1948 is unarguably one of the fundamental films in the history of cinema.  It is also one of the most beguiling, moving and (apparently) simple pieces of narrative cinema ever made. The film tells the story of one man and his son, as they search fruitlessly through the streets of Rome for his stolen bicycle; the bicycle which had finally freed him from the poverty and humiliation of longterm unemployment. 

One of a cluster of extraordinary films to come out of post-war, post-Fascist Italy after 1945 - loosely labelled ‘neo-realist - Bicycle Thieves won an Oscar in 1949, topped the first Sight and Sound poll of the best films of all time in 1952 and has been hugely influential throughout world cinema ever since.  It remains a necessary point of reference for any cinematic engagement with the labyrinthine experience of the modern city, the travails of poverty in the contemporary world, the complex bond between fathers and sons, and the capacity of the camera to capture something like the essence of all of these. 

Robert S. C. Gordons BFI Film Classics volume shows how Bicycle Thieves is ripe for re-viewing, for rescuing from its worthy status as a neo-realist ‘classic. It looks at the films drawn-out planning and production history, the vibrant and riven context in which it was made, and the dynamic geography, geometry and sociology of the film that resulted. 

About the Author

Robert S. C. Gordon is Reader in Modern Italian Culture at the University of Cambridge.   His publications include A Difficult Modernity: An Introduction to Twentieth-Century Italian Literature (2005) and Primo Levis Ordinary Virtues: From Testimony to Ethics (2001). 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781844572380
Author:
Gordon, Robert S. C.
Publisher:
British Film Institute
Author:
Gordon, Robert
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
BFI Film Classics
Publication Date:
20081131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
60 b/w illustrations
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
7.48 x 5.42 x 0.385 in

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