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Death of a Cyclist (1955)
"Muerte de un ciclista" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  27 August 1955 (Italy)
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A couple having an affair strike a bicyclist with their car and do not offer aid out of fear of their relationship being exposed.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucia Bosé ...
María José de Castro (as Lucia Bose)
Alberto Closas ...
Juan Fernández Soler
Bruna Corrà ...
Matilde Luque Carvajal (as Bruna Corra)
Carlos Casaravilla ...
Rafael Sandoval dicho Rafa
Otello Toso ...
Miguel Castro
Alicia Romay ...
Julia Delgado Caro ...
Doña Maria
Matilde Muñoz Sampedro ...
Vecina del ciclista muerto
Mercedes Albert ...
José Sepúlveda ...
Comisario (as Jose Sepulveda)
José Prada ...
Decano (as Jose Prada)
Fernando Sancho ...
Sargento policía tráfico
Manuel Alexandre ...
Jacinto San Emeterio ...
Manuel Arbó ...
Padre Iturrioz (as Manuel Arbo)


Juan is an academic, his career stalled, teaching at the university because of his brother-in-law's prestige. María José is a socialite, married to wealth, bored but attached to her comforts. The two are lovers. On an isolated country road, their car strikes a cyclist; fearing exposure, they leave him to die. Distracted, Juan unjustly fails a student. Rafa, a bitter savant in their social circle, hints that he knows something, and he threatens to expose them to María José's husband, Miguel. Miguel's pride may be the lovers' best hope. Then Juan proposes a solution. Written by <>

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Release Date:

27 August 1955 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Age of Infidelity  »

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ESP 472,773 (Spain)

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Finnish censorship certificate register # 045590. See more »


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Spanish classic drama with magnificent players and good direction
14 February 2009 | by See all my reviews

This academic film is based on real events about news publicized when a cyclist was smashed by a car which hits and runs . The car is driven by an adulterous couple formed by an University professor (Alberto Closas) and a beautiful woman (Lucia Bose) married to an important man (Otello) . Later on , they're blackmailed by a swindler (Carlos Casaravilla) .

This splendid drama develops the adulterous loves between a teacher full of doubts and a high bourgeoisie lady . Fine performances from Argentinian actor Alberto Closas as the guilty professor and Lucia Bose , recently his work for Antionini , plays as a selfish Femme-fatale . Secondary acting by Carlos Casaravilla as an excellent villain , Fernando Sancho as a cop and Manuel Alexandre at a special ending intervention . Atmospheric and Neo-realist cinematography by Alfredo Fraile and adequate musical score . The motion picture was well directed By Juan Antonio Bardem . This is a 'rara avis' film of the 50s because dealing upon an adulterous love , political events and murder . Bardem had to fight the censorship which didn't admit the adultery , love scenes , neither crimes and obligated a tragic end . This one is deservedly considered one of the best movies of the Spanish cinema . Rating : Above average , essential and indispensable seeing for Spanish cinema fans .

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