Wednesday, October 6, 2010
So the questions is, which would have rather done, an essay or a video?
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Scott emphasizes that there are two types of film critics: professionals (those with formal training who are paid to review films) and consumers (those who watch movies and discuss them afterward). This disconnect seems to create a situation in which the films that experts love do poorly in the box office, while movies that are financial successes are often (again, to the experts) terrible. Scott even raises the question of whether or not his profession has real value as art criticism if the very audience he writes for (the consumer) simply doesn't listen. Finally, he makes it clear that this isn't a new phenomenom.
Address these questions in the comments section below:
1) What would film reviews from each of these discourse communities--professionals and consumers--look like or emphasize? How could each of them be important to society? How could each of them be controversial?
2) Which of the two discourse communities would most influence your decision to see a movie? Why?
3) Does one of these discourse communities seem more important than the other? Why or why not?
Monday, October 4, 2010
It is about a man named Antonio Ricci who starts off the movie and unemployed man in Italy. He soon gets a job that requires a bike. His family is too poor to afford a bike though and they have to sell their valuables in order to get one.
The first day on the job Mr. Ricci is putting up posters and his bike is stolen from him.
With the help of his son he tries the rest of the movie to retrieve his bike from the thief. He has several failed attempts and gets close after chasing the thief back to his home one day. The police show up and he fails to get his bike back once again.
He cannot work with a bike. So desperately he tries to steal one but is caught. He gets chased by a mob of people for the failed thievery. The only reason the crowd stops is because his son is so upset by what he has just seen.
Mr. Ricci and his son walk off without a bike and tears in their eyes.
I just don't understand why a move would apparently have no point. I guess it could be the lesson of just because something happens to you doesn't gave you the right to do the same back.
It really is just so depressing on the last shot though. The two of them are just walking off hand in hand crying. It's just so sad.
It might have to do with the fact that during the time the movie was actually made there was nothing good happening, so why should there be in a movie about the time.
So many movies were being made to get peoples minds off the hard times, so possibly this was just a "everything is not okay" movie.
Either way, I wouldn't watch it again any time soon. maybe after a while of absorbing I would just so I can catch all the parts that make the movie so good. It takes a few times to really have every part sink in and me understand and appreciate movies such as this.
“In search for a bicycle”
It was a family of two the father and a young son. The father worked posting posters around the city and would use his bicycle to work his way around the city. He also dropped his son off every morning at his work putting gas. The bicycle he had was everything to him, it wouldn’t only take him to places and would help him a lot with his job but it was very special to him emotionally. One morning he was doing his same retain, he dropped his son off at work and went to work himself. When he was busy putting a poster up on the wall a young man approached him slowly and quickly took off with his bicycle. The father right away went after him screaming “thief thief” and was helped by no one. He was very upset because they had stolen his bike and couldn’t stop thinking about it on his way for his son. As soon as he got there for him, his son Bruno asked right away “where is the bicycle?” his father just kepped on walking and didn’t want to talk about it. They went to one of the father’s friends and asked for help to see if he could help him recover his bicycle. He wasn’t able to help him at the time but he told home that he would help him out the next day. The next day came and Bruno and his father went to his friend to go try and find the bicycle. They went to a place where they had all kinds of bicycles and anything you needed for a bike. As they looked and looked he couldn’t find his bicycle. They walked and walked, looked around some more and even asked around but there was still no sign of his bicycle. Then as the father was looking around he recognized the person who stole his bicycle and ran after him again screaming “thief thief!” he wasn’t able to catch up to him and lost him once again. The father was really upset because he still couldn’t get his bicycle back. As him and Bruno were walking he recognized the thief again but this time without the bike. He tried to approach him slowly but then the thief took off running. Bruno and his father ran after him and finally caught up to him. The thief denied that he took the bike and the people that lived in that neighborhood were on the thief’s side and were all screaming at Bruno's father to leave him alone and that he was a bad man. Once Bruno saw his father in trouble and that no one was helping him out, he went to call police men himself. When the police men arrived they went up to the thief’s house and searched around but found nothing. The police men weren’t able to help him out because there was no bicycle and the whole neighborhood was against him. Bruno’s father was very upset that the thief wasn’t caught and he still couldn’t find his bicycle. Then Bruno decided to take a quick brake and sat down because he was tired and his father was still mad. He couldn’t stop thinking about his bike. He saw his son that was so tired and he didn’t have much money to spend and get on a bus to go home. He saw his son that couldn’t take it no more he couldn’t give one more step. As he looked around and at his don he took a bad decision and stole a bicycle that was left behind by someone. As soon as he took the bicycle someone ran off after him screaming “thief thief!” and a lot of men started chancing him until he was stopped by all the men trying to catch him. The men were insulting him calling him names and Bruno was trying to get to his father crying and shocked that his father had stolen a bicycle. The man that owned the bicycle let Bruno’s father go but he was left with shame because he was caught and his son saw what he had done.
This is a type of movie I wouldn’t chose to see. I’m the type of person who likes to watch old movies but this one wasn’t the one. The ending wasn’t what I expected but I guess that is what makes a good movie, when the ending is not what you expect.
Mr. Ricci goes and finds a job,as a poster person . he buys a bike because
that is one of the ways to ride around and post posters. His bike gets stolen. He
gets very worred because he wont be able to to get payed. His son and him end
up for days looking for the bike. They went to a pown street and still could not
find the bike. They did this for days , and then Ricci finds a bike but it isnt his.
He try to stell a that bike and the person who owns that bike a catchs him and
get the hole naibrehood to go after him. Mr. Ricci feels ashamed in front of his on
because his really not that person
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Post-World War II with the people of Italy in absolute shambles. Almost everyone was in need of a job, but Antonio Ricci was the one to get it. Unfortunately, the job required a bicycle, which Ricci had just pawned in order to feed his wife and two children. His wife reluctantly pawns the sheets right off of her own bed in order for her husband to buy a bicycle.
The first day on the job proved more difficult than Ricci had anticipated. As he was struggling with the glue and poster a group of guys organized and stole his bicycle. As one made off with his bike, the other threw Ricci off the trail of the perpatrator. Horrified and distraught Ricci goes to the police and reports his bicycle stolen. The police were of no help at all and told Ricci that it was his responsibility to find his own bike. The next day he and his son, Bruno, and a few friends set off to find the bike. That proved difficult due to the tremendous amount of bicycles that were in the market.
Eventually Bruno and his dad were able to catch up with the thief. The thief proclaimed his innocence and his neighborhood attested Ricci's allegation. Bruno ran and got an officer just in time. The gathering crowd started to become increasingly aggressive. To Ricci's dismay, when the officer arrived he was unable to provide any justice for Ricci.
Ricci and Bruno then made their way to a soccer game, futball, that was being held in an enormous stadium. There were a tremendous amount of bicycles clustered in a designated parking area. Singled out in an nearby alley, was a bicycle in the entrance of an apartment. Ricci then began contemplating on whether or not to steal the bicycle. Pacing back and forth for over a minute, he finally decided to execute his need for a bicycle. He sent his son to get on the Metro and meet him nearby. Ricci swiftly moves towards and straddles the bike. As he makes off with it, the owner of the bicycle begins chasing him. As he makes his way through the crowd of the emptying stadium, others began to chase him along with the owner. They finally catch up to him and pull him off the bike, exclaiming their frustrations of his thievery. His son missed the Metro, and witnessed the crowd around his father verbally and physically punishing him. The owner of the bicycle observes how distraught Ricci and his son were, and tells the crowd "Just leave him be, he has enough problems as it is."
Ricci and Bruno began to walk home hand in hand with tears streaming down their faces, without their dignity, integrity, pride, and without a bicycle.
Overall, I think this was an amazing movie because unlike Citizen Kane and Apocalypse Now, it had my attention. I was easily able to empathize with Ricci's situation. I enjoyed the irony through the whole movie. Ironically, he lost his job that the fortune-teller told his wife he would get. Maybe if Ricci would have allowed his wife to pay the fortune-teller the money she owed her, karma wouldn't have made its way back to him. Even more ironic, was how so many people had helped the owner of the bicycle Ricci stole from, and how nobody had helped Ricci when it was his bicycle that was stolen. I just absolutely loved Bruno. He was an amazingly brave little boy, who would follow his father to the end of the world. He loved and idolized his father and valued the relationship that they had.
Another amazing aspect of the movie was it being in Italian. I thoroughly enjoyed the Italian, it is most definitely a romance language. I had no problem having to read the subtitles through the entire movie, I even do that when it's in English. I felt like I could familiarize myself with the Italian because it is so closely related to Spanish, which I kind of have an understanding of. Before this movie I hadn't realized how similar the two languages are.
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The Bicycle Thief tells the story of Italian Antonio Ricci who just wants a job to support his wife and two children and will go great lengths to get one. Living in post WWII Rome, finding a job comes with great difficulty until Ricci gets a job but has to have a bicycle. Ricci and his family are then forced to pawn off their bed sheets to purchase a bicycle. On Ricci’s first day of work, his bicycle is stolen. Ricci and his friends set off on the streets of Rome to find the thief only to be out of luck. They give up after hours of looking and the police didn’t even take the theft seriously. So desperate to find his bike, Ricci visits the fortune teller he mocked because his wife visited her to see if he would even get a job. He is told that he will either find the bike soon or not at all.
Ricci finds the boy who stole his bike and confronts him. The boy denies committing the crime and the police tell Ricci that they cannot help him because he did not catch the boy red-handed. Ricci is now at a loss of all hope to support his family. As Ricci looks upon rows and rows of bicycles outside a football game, he ponders on stealing a bicycle for himself. Walking past an apartment, he steals a bicycle. Ironically, he is seen stealing the bicycle. The owner does not press charges because he sees how upset this situation makes Ricci’s son. The film ends with Ricci and his son holding hands in tears with probably the thought of where they will get their next meal from.
I think that The Bicycle Thief demonstrates the real life of an average Italian during the post WWII era. All Ricci wants is a job and so does everyone else in Rome. Therefore, any job is a job. I like how the film demonstrated the continuing cycle of theft. Ricci’s bicycle was stolen probably by a poor person who needed it for a job too. Motivated by desperation, Ricci steals a bicycle himself. His bike was stolen, so he stole a bike; he continues the cycle. I also like the irony demonstrated when Ricci got caught stealing the bicycle. No one could do anything when he caught the person who stole his bicycle, but when he tries to steal one he gets caught. Overall, The Bicycle Thief was a slightly heartbreaking movie that I can appreciate.
Throughout the film it shows all his attempts and failures at retreiving his bike and catching the thief. The day after his bike gets stolen he goes to all the places where they sell bike parts to see if someone is trying to sell his parts. At one of the places he sees the thief on the bike talking to an elderly man, so he chases him into a church and makes a huge comotion in the church. No matter how hard he tried to keep the old man from ditching him he does end up getting away. Ricci gets angry and strikes his son. He sees the original bike thief and tries to get him to confess but just about gets gang beat by everybody in that neighborhood. As he walks away from the neighborhood all bummed out he sees alot of bikes and a random bike in front of a building. he contemplates stealing it. He finally gets enough courage to steal it and to his luck he gets caught. He doesn't find his bike and gets humiliated in front of his kid. One of the individuals there says "Great Example You're Setting for Your Kid"
Overall, I really did like the movie. It was a good but sad story that had its random funny parts. At first it seemed a little ridiculous, but in the end I can appreciate the movie. I like hearing Italians talk; it makes me think of Italian food and that in turn makes me hungry. I love when Antonio and Bruno go to get pizza and Antonio’s just like screw it lets get drunk, definitely my favorite part that I can relate to. That really made me hungry. It was their last little hurrah of splurging on awesome food at a fancy restaurant after a so much rejection. All the little things about the movie made it great. Now I want some pizza!