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Movie Review – Bicycle Thieves (1948)

18 August 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Bicycle Thieves (Italian: Ladri di biciclette), 1948.

Directed by Vittorio De Sica.

Starring Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Liannela Carell, Vittorio Antonucci and Gino Saltamerenda.

Synopsis:

In post-war Italy, Antonio is offered a job that requires a bicycle. Selling his bed sheets, he manages to buy a bike. On his first day it is stolen forcing Antonio, and his son, to search the city…

Bicycle Thieves positions itself as the default neo-realism masterpiece. An era begun by Rome, Open City in 1945, Vittorio De Sica’s (1902-1974) Bicycle Thieves is a considerably smaller story. Based on the post-war streets of Rome, the opening moments as Antonio Ricci sits forlornly on the streets awaiting a job summarises the extreme deprivation in Italy at the time. Work was scarce and citizens were struggling to pay their way, day to day. We may not have had a World War to contend with, or decimated towns to reconstruct, »

- Simon Columb

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Daily | Screening the Past + More

14 August 2015 3:57 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The new issue of Screening the Past features articles on Béla Tarr's Damnation, Robert Altman, Barbara Stanwyck, Otto Preminger and costume designer Edith Head. Also in today's roundup: The films besides Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo that inform Christian Petzold's Phoenix; more discussion of David Foster Wallace and The End of the Tour; Frederick Raphael's memoir; Jonathan Rosenbaum's conversation with Jim Jarmusch about Dead Man; Xavier Dolan on Tom at the Farm; Jacques Rivette revivals on both sides of the Atlantic; a Vittorio De Sica retrospective; Yasujiro Ozu's Tokyo Story tops a list of the best of Asian cinema; and more. » - David Hudson »

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Why Vittorio de Sica is one of Europe’s greatest tragic film-makers

8 August 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

While his 1960s sex comedy Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, is charming, Vittorio De Sica’s early films offer marvellous explorations of defeat. A forthcoming retrospective season shows how the Italian director captured people as they are

Vittorio De Sica’s films contain much of the aching sadness of life, and much of the beauty, too. It is one of the small mysteries of cinema how De Sica, a lightweight actor (and very handsome man) accustomed to playing sentimental leads, should go on to become one of Europe’s greatest tragic film-makers. It’s as if Hugh Grant were to suddenly metamorphose into Ken Loach. Yet links remain between the comedic ham and the neorealist tragedian. De Sica enthusiastically carried his actor’s talent into his directing style, instructing his amateur performers on the way to perform, enacting the parts to show them how things should be done. There is a »

- Michael Newton

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Why Vittorio de Sica is one of Europe’s greatest tragic film-makers

8 August 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

While his 1960s sex comedy Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, is charming, Vittorio De Sica’s early films offer marvellous explorations of defeat. A forthcoming retrospective season shows how the Italian director captured people as they are

Vittorio De Sica’s films contain much of the aching sadness of life, and much of the beauty, too. It is one of the small mysteries of cinema how De Sica, a lightweight actor (and very handsome man) accustomed to playing sentimental leads, should go on to become one of Europe’s greatest tragic film-makers. It’s as if Hugh Grant were to suddenly metamorphose into Ken Loach. Yet links remain between the comedic ham and the neorealist tragedian. De Sica enthusiastically carried his actor’s talent into his directing style, instructing his amateur performers on the way to perform, enacting the parts to show them how things should be done. There is a »

- Michael Newton

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This week’s new film events

7 August 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Chichester Film Festival | A (Cumber) Batch Of Benedict | Vittorio De Sica | Pout Fest Tour

There’s a decidedly eastern European flavour to this year’s festival, spearheaded by a selection of Russian films. These bring such cultural icons as Sergei Eisenstein (Battleship Potemkin, 28 Aug), Anton Chekhov (biopic The Chekhov brothers, 28 & 30 Aug), Kazimir Malevich (in art biopic Chagall-Malevich, 17 & 26 Aug) and, er, Ralph Fiennes – who apparently learned Russian for his role in Two Women (30 Aug), a new adaptation of Turgenev’s 19th-century drama. There are modern Russian stories, too, starting with a series of films by Andrei “Leviathan” Zvyagintsev (25 to 28 Aug), plus focuses on Polish and Czech cinema.

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- Steve Rose

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Daily | Actors Poll, Petzold and Hoss

28 July 2015 12:04 PM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Tootsie, The Godfather, A Woman Under the Influence, Cinema Paradiso, To Kill a Mockingbird, Annie Hall and Boogie Nights make the top ten in a new poll of actors asked to name the best movies of all time. Writing for the Daily Beast, Nick Schager argues that "there may be no greater pairing" of director and actor right now than that of Christian Petzold and Nina Hoss. Also in today's roundup: Tom Cruise Week at Grantland, Christopher Nolan new short on Stephen Quay and Timothy Quay, a Vittorio De Sica season, the latest on what Richard Linklater's up to—and more. » - David Hudson »

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Slfs Interview: Efi da Silva – Director of Four Way Stop

20 July 2015 9:31 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Four Way Stop screens Thursday, July 23 at 7:15pm at The Tivoli Theater as part of this year’s St. Louis Filmmaker’s Showcase. Ticket information can be found Here

Writer/director Efi da Silva’s Four Way Stop tells the story if Allen (Paul Craig), a 17-year-old inner-city African-American desperately trying to improve his life but he lacks essential support from family: His absent father is a needy drug addict, and his seriously ill mother offers only relentless criticism. Although offered illegal work by childhood friend Tay, Allen resists the lure of the street and instead seeks legitimate employment. But in his hunt for a better job, Allen ends up jeopardizing his current fast-food position by chronically arriving late or simply failing to show. Legitimately angry at the racism he confronts and the limited options he’s given, Allen all too often engages in self-sabotage, thwarting his attempts to do the right thing. »

- Tom Stockman

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Leni Riefenstahl: Reclaiming Tiefland

18 July 2015 3:24 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Continued from this article

Part I. Denazifying Leni

After World War II, Leni Riefenstahl couldn’t escape the Fuhrer’s shadow. Arrested first by American, then French troops, her property and money seized, she endured interrogations about her ties to the regime. Riefenstahl argued she’d been coerced into making propaganda and wasn’t aware of Nazi atrocities. The image stuck: three denazification tribunals acquitted her (one cautiously branding her a “fellow traveler”), and Riefenstahl began the road to rehabilitation.

More diligent investigators challenged her self-portrait. In 1946, American journalist Budd Schulberg interviewed Riefenstahl for the Saturday Evening Post. Riefenstahl claimed she didn’t know about Nazi concentration camps. Later, asked why she made Triumph of the Will, Riefenstahl claimed Joseph Goebbels threatened her with a concentration camp. Disgusted with Riefenstahl’s self-serving contradictions, Schulberg labeled her a “Nazi Pin-Up Girl.”

Then the German tabloid Revue published a damning article in »

- Christopher Saunders

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Daily | Goings On | Reed, Klein, De Sica

29 June 2015 5:34 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

With Carol Reed's The Third Man (1949) now screening in New York, London and other cities, the Independent has posted Martin Scorsese's thoughts on the classic—and on Reed, "a wonderful film artist." At Hyperallergic, John Yau writes about collages by John Ashbery and Guy Maddin. Curator Ed Halter considers the films of William Klein. Calum Marsh previews the Vittorio De Sica retrospective in Toronto. This week, London's Close-Up will re-open with a series of six films by John Cassavetes. And in the London Review of Books, Michael Wood writes about Bob Hoskins in John Mackenzie's The Long Good Friday. » - David Hudson »

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Richard Gere Talks Movies, Karlovy Vary Honor

26 June 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Richard Gere has enjoyed — and is still enjoying — the sort of hugely successful, long, eclectic career that nearly every actor would kill for. Gere started gathering serious attention in Terrence Malick’s “Days of Heaven” in 1978, but it was his role as the titular “American Gigolo” in Paul Schrader’s now-iconic 1980 film that vaulted him to Hollywood stardom. He went on to sweep Debra Winger off her feet in “An Officer and a Gentleman,” and saved Julia Roberts from a life of prostitution in “Pretty Woman” (reteaming later with Roberts on “Runaway Bride”). Gere tackled song and dance with “The Cotton Club” and “Chicago,” danced around the law as a corrupt cop in “Internal Affairs” and donned armor as Lancelot in “First Knight.” More recently, he’s walked on the seamier side of Wall Street (“Arbitrage”) and stayed over at “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”

The Karlovy Vary Intl. »

- Iain Blair

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The Top Father's Day Films Ever Made? Here Are Five Dads - Ranging from the Intellectual to the Pathological

22 June 2015 4:02 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Father of the Bride': Steve Martin and Kimberly Williams. Top Five Father's Day Movies? From giant Gregory Peck to tyrant John Gielgud What would be the Top Five Father's Day movies ever made? Well, there have been countless films about fathers and/or featuring fathers of various sizes, shapes, and inclinations. In terms of quality, these range from the amusing – e.g., the 1950 version of Cheaper by the Dozen; the Oscar-nominated The Grandfather – to the nauseating – e.g., the 1950 version of Father of the Bride; its atrocious sequel, Father's Little Dividend. Although I'm unable to come up with the absolute Top Five Father's Day Movies – or rather, just plain Father Movies – ever made, below are the first five (actually six, including a remake) "quality" patriarch-centered films that come to mind. Now, the fathers portrayed in these films aren't all heroic, loving, and/or saintly paternal figures. Several are »

- Andre Soares

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Review: Donald Mugisha's 'Bicycle Thieves'-Like Ugandan Crime Drama 'The Boda Boda Thieves'

9 June 2015 4:48 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Inspired by Vittorio De Sica's 1948 drama "The Bicycle Thief," director Donald Mugisha's "The Boda Boda Thieves" gives a vivid look into the life of a Ugandan teen on a mission to save his family's livelihood. Produced through the Pan-African filmmaking collective Yes! That's Us Films, the feature recently screened at the Seattle International Film Festival. On paper, the stories for this film and De Sica's are similar – the fate of a poor family hinges on the father's bicycle business, and when his bike is stolen it throws their world into chaos. Here, the patriarch Goodman runs a boda boda (motorbike taxi) business while his wife breaks rocks for a »

- Jai Tiggett

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Voices Through Time: The Documentaries of Roberto Minervini

8 June 2015 12:45 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

“So one thing from another rises ever; and in fee-simple life is given to none, but unto all mere usufruct.” – Lucretius, On the Nature of Things, Book III

The above quote was once used by great Italian documentarian Franco Piavoli to open his masterful 1982 film, The Blue Planet. In that instance, it is deftly applied to the fragility of mother nature; her various granting and reclaiming of life, but can just as easily be applied to the figures followed by Roberto Minervini, an Italian based in the United States whose acclaimed Texas Trilogy – The PassageLow Tide and Stop the Pounding Heart – was followed up at Cannes this year by The Other Side, which shifts the director’s gaze slightly eastward to the state of Louisiana. One must assume that Minervini, despite blazing his own trail that has led him through the Philippines and Spain en route to America’s Southern states, »

- Nicholas Page

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DVD Review: 'Gente de Bien'

26 May 2015 5:26 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆ There are a number of key scenes in Columbian director Franco Lolli's superb Gente de Bien (2014) - a playful title that means both 'Decent People' and 'Well-off People' - where it feels like it was written as a sequel to Vittorio De Sica's Bicycle Thieves (1948). The setting (Bogotá) and the language (Spanish) are immaterial to the notion that the neorealist classic is this French-Colombian co-production's spiritual cousin. The story of a working-class man and his son passing through an upper-class world (thanks to a kindly employer) is a beautifully observed tale about familial estrangement, the false consciousness of the class system and reconciliation between a parent and child that barely know each other.

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- CineVue UK

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Neil Simon Wanted Marcello Mastroianni for This Film, But Got Peter Sellers Instead

20 May 2015 11:04 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Neil Simon, a first-time screenwriter with three hits running on Broadway, wanted Marcello Mastroianni to play the lead in this movie-biz caper comedy, but got Peter Sellers instead, who had always wanted to work with Vittorio De Sica. De Sica brought on his writer pal Cesare Zavattini. He and Simon wrote together through interpreters, but in the end Simon worried that De Sica’s Italian editors were killing the jokes. Pretty much ignored when released, it’s now a moderately popular cult item. »

- Trailers From Hell

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Time Machine: Rare Woman Foreign Film Oscar Winner Bier on the Red Carpet Long Before Directing Cooper-Lawrence Duo

15 May 2015 7:07 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Susanne Bier Oscar winner 'In a Better World' director Susanne Bier Susanne Bier, whose In a Better World won the 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, is seen above on the 83rd Academy Awards' Red Carpet, just outside the Kodak Theatre. The other 2011 Oscar nominees in the Best Foreign Language Film category were: Rachid Bouchareb's Outside the Law / Hors-la-loi (Algeria). Alejandro González Iñárritu's Biutiful (Mexico). Yorgos Lanthimos' Dogtooth (Greece). Denis Villeneuve's Incendies (Canada). As in previous years, several international favorites were left out of the 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar competition. Among these were the following: Xavier Beauvois' French Academy César winner Of Gods and Men / Des hommes et des dieux (France). Semih Kaplanoglu's 2010 Berlin Film Festival winner Bal / Honey (Turkey). Apichatpong Weerasethakul's 2010 Cannes Film Festival winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives / Loong Boonmee raleuk chat (Thailand). Prior to In a Better World, »

- D. Zhea

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Pather Panchali – part of the Apu Trilogy

8 May 2015 7:00 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

I could tell you all sorts of things about Pather Panchali (“Song of the Little Road”) and the Apu Trilogy that you’ll no doubt have read elsewhere: that Satyajit Ray was inspired, most particularly, by Italian neo-realist cinema such as that of Vittorio De Sica, whose Ladri di biciclette or “Bicycle Thieves” — I can understand that, it’s a film that makes me weep, no matter how many times I’ve already seen it. That it was based on two works by Bengali writer Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay, which Ray eventually adapted into the three films of the trilogy. That the trilogy forms a bildungsroman, a coming of age story, focusing on the life of Apu. That the film is visually beautiful but is also languorous and winding and requires patience on the part of the viewer.

I could tell you that Pather Panchali was critically acclaimed, that it won the »

- Katherine Matthews

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Daily | Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy

8 May 2015 6:35 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Janus Films is bringing new restorations of Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy—tag>Pather Panchali (1955), tag>Aparajito (1956) and tag>Apur Sansar (The World of Apu, 1959)—to New York's Film Forum for a three-week run, starting today. The Trilogy will then tour the States through September. In the New York Times, Andrew Robinson, the author of three books on Ray, tells the story of the films and their maker, how the young graphic designer found a mentor in tag>Jean Renoir and inspiration in tag>Vittorio De Sica’s tag>Bicycle Thieves before completing his debut. The support of tag>John Huston was instrumental in securing a run in New York, eventually leading to a watershed screening at Cannes. We're collecting fresh raves from the critics. » - David Hudson »

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Wes Anderson designed a cafe in a Milan art gallery

6 May 2015 2:20 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Wes Anderson’s meticulous attention to design and detail in all his films, in which each frame looks like a carefully fine-tuned diorama full of colors and careful staging, has made for a plethora of charming fantasy worlds, but very few in our real world. Now however, Anderson has created a project in which he has designed a cafe/bar for a new art gallery opening this month in Milan.

Bar Luce, designed by Anderson, is located inside the Fondazione Prada in Milan, a new art gallery space commissioned by the fashion designer Prada. According to Conde Nast Traveler, who visited the cafe this week, the space is complete with “retro formica chairs in bright pastel colors, jukeboxes”, and perhaps best of all, “Steve Zissou-themed pinball machines.”

According to the Fondazione Prada’s website, Anderson retained some of the original building’s architecture, including an arched ceiling once part of »

- Brian Welk

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From Actor to "Action!", Exploring the Debuts of 19 Actors-Turned-Directors

21 April 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »

- Jordan Benesh

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