Wednesday, May 26, 2010
#6: Framing the Everyday: "Bicycle Thieves" (1948) and "Chop Shop (2008)
Here is the sixth double feature recommendation I have for you: Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette), directed by Vittorio De Sica, and Chop Shop, directed by Ramin Bahrani. Though separated by sixty years and set on different continents, these two films share an interest in hardworking people, in the mundane details surrounding the plot. De Sica is seen as one of the pioneers of the neorealism movement, which fostered movies that sought to show "reality" by dramatizing but not glamorizing the struggles that middle- to lower-class people face in life every day. Bahrani's film can be seen as an extension of this movement into the twenty-first century.