Saturday, October 2, 2010

"You live and you suffer."

Antonio Ricci is a poor unemployed man with a wife and two children to support. Once he found a job that requires a bicycle, his wife Maria pawns their bedsheets to redeem his bicycle from the pawnbroker. Antonio goes to work for the first day only to have a thief steal his bike when he was doing his job. The aghast Antonio reports the thief case to the police and is let down by them. He, his son and a group of friends search the bicycle market for hours for the lost bike but fail. After a good meal with his son, Antonio concedes to his son that they will starve without the bicycle. After that, he and his son go to the fortune teller that Antonio jeers at before in a vain attempt to search for the bicycle, but he receives no information from her. Walking down, he met the thief and chases him to his neighborhood. When he accuses the thief and his son goes to fetch the policeman, the neighborhood crowds around the two and defends the thief. Without any witness or proof, the thief was released. A depressed Antonio later found himself vacillating over stealing a bike, and he did. Unfortunately, he was caught red-handed and frogmarched to the police station. The owner, seeing how miserable Antonio is, let him go. The movie ends with Antonio and his son walking hand in hand; both are reduced to tears.

This is indeed an exceptional movie. The director strikes an emotional chord with the audience when he portrays Antonio's desperation without having him talking too much. The audience can feel the isolation and loneliness of the man with an austere appearance whose love for his son is also somewhat eroded by destitution. Apart from the adroitness in conveying the deepest feelings of the character to the audience, the movie is great also because of its correct timing. 1948 was the post war period, and what being depicted in the film exactly mirrors what was happening in the society. Among the audience, the group of poor people is likely to sympathize with the character most. The sounds and music in the movie are not forced to make the audience feel nervous, sad or happy. Yet, they come along naturally that somehow the audience forgets that it's the music that creates most emotions.

1 comment:

  1. You had a great movie summary, which gave great detail of the movie. Not only was your summary great, but your thoughts on the movie were also deep. All of your thoughts are very true and music really does create the most emotions.