Ladri di biciclette: Wretched hive

[Screenshot]Realism is perhaps the word of the day on this one. Neither the cinematography nor the acting are particularly distinguished, but the story and setting are effectively bleak and realistic. There doesn’t seem to be much of a plot as such: plot occurs at the beginning and end, but the middle’s basically slice-of-life. It wasn’t gripping but it was well-crafted, showing off the basic depression and squalor of port-war Rome; and playinmg on some class-cinsciousness in the restaurant scene. I was somewhat surprised by the complete absence of Antonio’s wife from the film after the beginning, which seemed sort of artificial. In fact, the whole film is awfully masculine, and inhabited largely by males.

This is a well-regarded film but it just didn’t do much for me. I didn’t really get much to take home from it.

See also: IMDB, Wikipedia.

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I'm a mathematics professor at the University of Louisville, and a geek.

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