The Work Bicycle Thieves By Vittorio De Sica

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The work Bicycle Thieves is chosen to be discussed in this essay. Bicycle Thieves is an Italian film published in 1948, directed by Vittorio De Sica. It gained both commercial and artistic success, and have won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1948. The film is famous for its neorealism that reflects the post-war Italian society. In the following essay, I’m going to discuss how did De Sica use the cinematography skills to strengthen his expressions in Bicycle Thieves, and the ways he conveys the meaning of the film. De Sica claimed a film is “reality transposed into the realm of poetry” (Turan 103). So, the principle of his directing is to be genuine and realistic. This shares some similarities with the ideas of Italian neorealism. According to ‘Ten points of neorealism’ published by the Paris Journal in 1952, a neorealist movie should have some of the following features: a message; topical scripts by concrete events; a sense of the masses; realism; the truth of actors (often non-professionals) and lighting; refusal of the studio (Lielm 131-132). Bicycle Thieves comprise with most of the characteristics mentioned above and made good use of them: First, the selection of the actors. De Sica denied David Selznick’s suggestion of Cary Grant for the lead and his financial support. He insists on selecting unprofessional actors to be the protagonists of the film. The factory worker Lamberto Maggiorani played the leading role Antonio Ricci, and another

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