The Bicycle Thief

Critical response to The Bicycle Thief

                                                          KOSURU ABHIJIT

The Bicycle Thief is described as a Italian neorealist film in which is characterized as a social realism telling stories among the poor and working class and is filmed on location, frequently using nonprofessional actors. Italian Neorealism often shows the economical and moral conditions of post World War 2 Italy and the conditions of everyday life like poverty and desperation. Most movies of this genre are on set shooting and show how ordinary people live to survive as a way to dramatize the wider social issues going on about that time. The way they establish the realism is to have non professional trained actors which creates the idea of a greater sense of realism through the use of real people. The Bicycle thief is a neorealist film because of the location shooting and the dubbing of dialogue in which it establishes a historical document. The style the movie uses is of long take and documentary style which makes the sequences to have a duration of each moment that occurred within the movie. The dialogue is the day to day talk of poor people struggling to survive through an Italian post World War 2 event. It is filmed like a documentary as if everything is real because of historical event that took place. Another style that the film uses is the camera movements in which is expressed in rapid cuts that results in no tracking shots of the character. For example Ricci loses sight of the old man in the church in which you see a long shot take and a documentary style in which makes this sequence quite startling. When the old man slips away, Ricci is distracted by church officials and to the end of the sequence Ricci and Bruno walk towards the bridge in which most of the camera movement is expressed in rapid cuts. The viewer got easily lost because of this form of editing in which there was no tracking of the characters because the viewer looses the...