“Bicycle Thieves” By De Sica Movie Review

How does De Sica use neo-realism to illustrate class and economic need among working-class families in post-WWII Italy? (Reflection – Observation – Analysis)

In De Sica’s film Bicycle Thieves (1948), there is much evidence that illustrates class and economic need among working-class families in post-WWII Italy. In fact, the plot of the film is based on the representation of the poor father being in search for his stolen bicycle. He knew that he could lose his job which was the only source of salvation for his wife and son. This is an Italian neo-realist film that allows assessing real life of people in post-war Italy. The mise-en-scene, including the elements like décor, lighting, space, costumes and acting, strengthen the viewers’ perception of the story, providing some kind of meaning to the film that criticizes dismay, discordance, and hopelessness of post-WWII Italy. It is possible to identify aesthetics in the composition of scenes of the film, such as when all the citizens of the city are commuting to work by bus, trolley, foot and bicycle in the morning. The eyes of the viewers are attracted to the large number of people. Lightning is dimly lit with strong contrast – low-key lighting. The long shot is used to capture the greater part of the scene. The dominant colors are black and white. There is much visual information that can be found in the images presented in the selected scene. In this film, texture is moderate. The space is well-organized. The framing is loose as the mise-en-scene is distributed spaciously and the characters have much room to move around. Besides, it is necessary to consider the role of little boy in the film. He acts as a sort of reality check for his father. The film director portrays their relationship as close relationships because both the father and the son want to find the way to survive.   

In general, I think that neo-realism in Italian films helps to reveal the gritty, poor, desperate world of post-World War II Italy. The film portrays beauty and desperation in the same scene. The life seems full of happiness for some people, while for others, the life is desperate. The realistic representation of poor life conditions of the working class people is based on emotional connectedness between economic situation in the country and working class Italians.

Works Cited

Bicycle Thieves. Dir. Vittorio De Sica. Ente Nazionale Industrie Cinematografiche. 1948.

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