Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Apology accepted!

It's beautiful....Vittorio De Sica's Bicycle thief...

and it's all there just like I did it in film appreciation class in Journalism school...

a penitent old italy apologising for its unwilling participation in the War...an ashamed young italy trying to hold up its honour ("some fine example you have set for your young son...", the crowd belittles Ricci, even as young bruno holds up his father's fallen hat...tears streming down his facehe continues to look up at his dad)...De Sica apologises most beautifully...through camera movements (the depth of field covered is superb) that sweep you through the aftermath of the war...the penury, the desparation, the regret and most importantly....the uselessness of war...

definitely a must watch!

3 Comments:

At 7:44 AM, Blogger shreya said...

I saw it, but I must admit I completely missed the analogy to war...

That said, I loved it!!!!!!!!! It wins your heart...its a complete indulgence of feelings (as opposed to sentiment) I think.

Love the little son. Love the comedy. Love the simplicity. And almost love the wretchedness.

Apparently, it was the film that inspired Ray to embark on a film-making career. These were the kinds of films he wanted to do, he says. Films shot on location, films that had "tight"-ish narratives, films shot in natural light, films that exhibited the universalness of life...

You should watch Camera Buff by Kieslowski (of the Red, White, Blue trilogy). Superb.

 
At 1:29 AM, Blogger crazy coin said...

hey..i love the movie...but i love the way u have put it...Italy apologising for paticipating in the war...
though my fav bit in the movie when both father and son decide to stop and have lunch....
he says: "lets eat and be happy"
thats the best part of the movie....

 
At 10:01 PM, Blogger Vibha said...

shreya..

i would have missed the analogy too had i not attended film appreciation in acj...so i guess i enjoyed the film even more than i would have otherwise...

we are going to have a Ray festival in college...followed up with discussions...will post more on them...

so did you ever get to watch Amorres Perros ( i hope i got the spelling right...) the film that inspired Mani Ratnam's narrative in Yuva?

crazy coin..
that's one of my favourite parts too...
and the whole importance given to continuity in the film is too cool..like when ricci's wife pawns bedsheets and when ricci goes to the next window to collect his cycle...he can see the sheets he turned in being stacked away...and the rows of shelves piled with sheets to indicate the misery of those times...was just too overwhelming...
and the sudden streaks of humour...like when they are searching for the thief and bruno decides to take a loo break...hahahahaha
:)

 

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