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The Bicycle Thief at Cinémathèque / La Dolce Vita

From: Bill J.
Sent on: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 11:47 AM
Hi Movie Friends!

Don?t tell anyone, but we?re planning to case out (pun intended) the University Circle area on Saturday evening in search of some fancy bicycles to purloin. We?ll meet at that French sounding movie house ? Cin?math?que ? at a quarter past five and plan our rampage. When we?re finished, we can reconnoiter at La dolce vita to celebrate our booty. Please keep this confidential.

Seriously, I wanted to make sure that you have checked out the recent post for this Saturday night at Cin?math?que. It?s been described as one of the best films ever made. If you haven?t had the opportunity to see this, here is your chance.

Yes, it is in black & white without any digital special effects and mostly the actors will keep their clothes on, but if you are a serious film aficionado, this is a must. We hope to see you there!

Don?t forget to include your intentions regarding dinner on your RSVP. Thanks!

Ciao, ciao!


ps: Also take a look at other film events coming up ? Mother at Cedar Lee / Jimmy's on Tuesday April 27th and North Face at Cin?math?que / Uptowne Grill on Sunday, May 2nd.

pps: We also have preliminary notes for some other very exciting film meetup?s on the horizon: Fish Tank at Cin?math?que on Sunday, May 16th, Oscar? Animated Shorts at the Capitol Theatre and Stone Mad Irish Pub on Thursday, May 20th and 2009 Best Foreign Film Oscar? winner - The Secret in Their Eyes at Cedar Lee and Sarav? on Sunday, June 6th.

The Bicycle Thief (1948)
Ladri di biciclette
Bicycle Thieves
Saturday, April 24th at 5:15 p.m. - Cin?math?que
60th Anniversary!
New 35mm Print! In Italian with subtitles
Italy, 1948, Vittorio De Sica

De Sica and Federico Fellini were contemporaries and pioneers along with Roberto Rossellini in the post-war Italian neorealism movement. This film is a near perfect example of that period and compares well with Fellini's early films especially La Strada and I Vitelloni.

The film is frequently on critics' and directors' lists of the best films ever made. It was given an Academy Honorary Award in 1950, and, just four years after its release, was deemed the greatest film of all time by the magazine Sight & Sound's poll of filmmakers and critics in 1952. The film placed sixth as the greatest ever made in Sight & Sound's latest directors' poll, conducted in 2002, and is in top 10 of the BFI list of the 50 films you should see by the age of 14. (So if you are over 14, here is your chance to catch up).

"A masterpiece!" The most universally praised movie on earth since WWII.? So said The Village Voice about Vittorio De Sica?s heart-wrenching classic, the pinnacle of Italian neorealism. Shot on location in postwar Italy (Roma) with non-professional actors, the film tells of a long-unemployed man who scours Rome with his young son in search of his stolen bicycle, which he needs for his new job. In Italian with subtitles. 35mm; 93 minutes.

7:15 p.m. The After Party - After the film we'll enjoy dinner and discussion at the period-appropriate La Dolce Vita on Murray Hill.

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