'Bicycle Thieves' (1948) & 'Shoeshine' (1946)

Monday, October 17, 2011
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater

'Days of Glory: Masterworks of Italian Neo-Realism' - Film Series

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Tickets: Advanced tickets: $10 online. In-person sales one hour before showtime: $9 general public; FREE to UCLA students with valid ID; $8 other students/seniors.


Film and Television Archive
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One of the most influential national film movements to emerge in the post-World War II era, Italian neo-realism continues to hold sway over filmmakers and artists worldwide even as its exact definition continues to provoke debate. Most frequently positioned as a response to the propaganda of Italy’s fascist-controlled film industry, neo-realism rejected escapism in favor of politically and socially charged subjects, non-professional actors and a documentary style. This allegiance to material reality, however, was never total. Artifice and interpretation always crept in consciously at the edges.

'Bicycle Thieves' (1948): Renowned for its human insights, this miniature saga of a desperate worker and his young son wandering Rome in search of the man’s stolen bicycle—his means of employment—remains a cinematic emblem of familial hope and disappointment. The film's evocative street imagery and attention to everyday poeticism attains the force of parable with provocative implications for every social stratum.

Followed by: 'Shoeshine' (1946): The first foreign film to receive an Oscar, this piercing melodrama follows two hard-working orphans imprisoned for a petty crime. Fresh performances and deft plotting magnify the boys' neglect and exploitation by a corrupt society.

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