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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Among those present are the Catholic P. What kind of image are we watching at the very beginning of the film? This imposing evidence of collaboration need not be taken too seriously.

What is the relationship between the title and the film? The films that have managed to translate something of the style of novels into images can be counted on the fingers of one hand, by which I mean the very fabric of the narrative, the law of gravity that governs the ordering of the facts, in Faulkner, Hemingway, and Dos Passos.

It burgeons and grows with all the verisimilitude of life.

Another long take that was successful was when Igor is getting gas tanks out of the closet. What do they contribute to the film? To what extent are the characters in Rear Window punished for their voyeurism?

This was a particularly unsatisfactory slate of affairs for him, since, as he said, “It is primarily from the moral viewpoint that I look at the world, only later does it become an aesthetic viewpoint” a statement strangely reminiscent of one of Lenin’s: The fervor of the disciple had been early thkef to Touchard in the energy Bazin devoted to the Esprit group at the Ecole Normale at St. Or as a more bazim combination of these perspectives?

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As for ambiguity — is there no mystery about the very concept of mat- ter? Just by his being there we felt that what we were searching for in current events, even the most trivial ones, the bits and pieces of news or of political argu- ments, the details of our day-to-day existence, all was to be found in that troubled pool that reflected the changing bicyxle of the twentieth century.


But does one not, when coming out of an Italian film, feel better, an urge to change the order of things, preferably by persuading people, at least those who can be persuaded, whom only blindness, prejudice, or ill-fortune had led to harm their fellow men?

II has been done occasionaUy, but the results from an aesthetic point of view have been far inferior to what can be achieved on exteriors.

At first it does not cut to the assault and instead stays with Igor as he continues to get ibcycle gas tank out of the closet. Thereafter, every pleasant thing that happened in my life I owed to him.

The chemical balance of baziin amal- gam is of necessity unstable, and nothing can prevent it evolving to the point at which it reintroduces the aesthetic dilemma it originally solved — that between the enslavement of the star and the documentary with- out actors. You do not currently have access to this article.

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What elements of the film appear artificial? At certain moments the film draws upon Hollywood genre conventions especially when Carol is suffering from an attack. Will be displayed Will not be displayed Will be displayed. Think about the suburban southern California location of the film. What more can you say when the theatrical facades of the palazzi combine their operatic effects with the stage-like architecture of the houses of the poor?

The Bicycle Thieves: Film with profound influence

Which elements seem to resist this attempt to think about film as a globalized medium? Today, when the thunder of the charging elephants of Scipio is only a distant rumble, we can the better lend an ear to the discreet but delightful sounds made by Quattro passi fra le nuvole.


Thus the cinema stands in contrast to poetry, painting, and theater, and comes ever closer to the novel.

Does the film ever draw on conventions of fiction filmmaking? Off camera noise is used to tell us what is happening while staying with the original shot. Nobody was prosecuted to the massacre due to a general amnesty, and the traumatic events were only acknowledged by the French state in the late s. My Saved Articles Sign in Sign up. As humanity subordinated to machines?

After he broke onto the Hollywood scene while still in his twenties, Orson Welles was renowned around the world as a great actor and storyteller, as well as a boy-genius director with exceptional natural talent. What do you think was the cause of this outrage in addition to the acting? The facts follow one another, and the mind is forced to observe their resem- blance; and thus, by recalling one another, they end by meaning some- thing which was inherent in each and which is, so to speak, the moral of the story — a moral the mind cannot fail to grasp since it was drawn from reality itself.

But his professionalism should be called into service only insofar as it allows him to be more flexible in his response to the requirements of the tnise en scene, and to have a better grasp of the char- acter. In his presence everything became simple, clear, and above- board. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.