Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Epic Fail

The Bicycle Thief was filmed in 1949. It was about a man named Antonio Ricci who was an unemployed man living in Italy with his son. Antonio was out to get a job, and when he finally did get one it required a bicycle. His family was too poor to get one so he and his wife stripped their bed, and went and sold their sheets. His job consisted of posting up posters around the city. Every day for work he would drop off his son at the gas station to wait for him.

The very first day on the job, Antonio was busy standing on a ladder putting up a poster, when all of a sudden he turned and saw a man taking his bicycle. He jumped off yelling "theif theif!" as he was chasing the man, and was helped by no one. On his way to pick up his son, thats all he could think about. His son asked him "what happened to the bicycle?" and he just kept walking with his down because he didn't want to talk about it. They went to one of Antonio's friends to see if he could help him out, but he wasnt able to untill the next day. That next day they went to a place where they had no0thing but bicycle stuff. As they walked around for a very long time looking for Antonio's bike, they had no luck. Antonio recognized the man who stole his bike, and started chasing him, but then lost him once again.

After so many failed attempts Antonio makes a stupid decision to send his son home on the bus and steals a bike. He was chased by a huge crowd of men. His son saw what was going on and missed the bus to go help his dad. Antonio was then let released by the mob due to his son being there, only he was released empty handed.

Overall, the movie was alright. I liked the constant cycle of bicycle stealing. When you look at it, Antonio's bike was probably stolen by a poor person who had a job as well. Motivated by desperate need, Antonio steals a bike himself. I also liked the irony in this movie. Antonio's bike gets stolen, and no one helps him chase the guy, but when he steals a bike, a whole mob chases after him. On the other hand I didnt like the fact that I had to read the subtitles. When the other people were having conversations there were no subtitles to it, so it made me think if that conversation had anything to do with what was going on or what. There also wasnt a happy ending, or a good moral to be learned in this movie. Either way I wouldnt watch this movie again.

1 comment:

  1. Tara,
    I like how you pointed out that Antonio's bike was probably stolen by a poor person in need of a job just like Antonio himself. I hadn't considered that and when I read your blog I couldn't help but think, "Duh, Kelly! It's so obvious!" Good job!

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