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Thief or Thieves?

Posted in FILM with tags , , , on September 9, 2020 by dcairns

In America, seemingly, it’s called THE BICYCLE THIEF. In Britain, BICYCLE THIEVES. In Italy, LADRI DI BICICLETTE. The Italian title is correct, the British one and accurate translation, the US one an abberation.

Since we spend the film following two characters, father and son, the plural FEELS right, but of course only the father is a thief, the other thief is the guy who stole HIS bike.

Eventually I suppose everyone in Rome will have stolen everyone else’s bike, but meanwhile here is the new Blu-ray from Arrow, which has a video essay I made with ace editor Alex Starr.

Bicycle Thieves [Blu-ray]

This Sweltering Guy

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , on August 25, 2020 by dcairns

The word is out —

Fiona, Stephen C. Horne and I have contributed a video essay to the forthcoming Arrow Blu-ray on Bertolucci’s THE SHELTERING SKY. It streets in November.

One thing we missed —

I identified the above shot as an echo of Orson Welles —

And I think I was bang on, given Bertolucci’s talk of his Wellesian influence. What I overlooked, but producer Neil Snowden pointed out, is a more direct connection —

Now, I don’t know if Coppola had a great influence on Bertolucci generally — I know the reverse is true — but Vittorio Storaro shot both APOCALYPSE NOW and THE SHELTERING SKY so that is, one might say, highly relevant. A case of me leapfrogging past the fundamental in search of the obscure. 

Encyclical

Posted in FILM with tags , , on May 23, 2020 by dcairns

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I feel kinda guilty but also relieved that work has been flowing in more steadily than usual during this thing. My latest video essay, Money Has Been My Ruin, tells the story of Vittorio De Sica and is an extra on Arrow Academy’s new release of BICYCLE THIEVES, a substantial upgrade transferred from the original camera negative.

I like it when I’m unqualified for a job and have to research it — I think those circs result in some of my better pieces. With this one I had seen relatively little De Sica and was way behind on my neorealist viewing generally, but it incentivised me to catch up. Fortunately I had made inroads already…

And it was all worth it just to uncover this still:

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