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Unformatted text preview: o The exploration of character also becomes an exploration of the physical spaces of Rome o There is an immense emotional depth to their interactions Note the scene where Ricci becomes terrified that his son might have drowned Ricci takes him to a restaurant that he cant afford in an effort to apologize to his son The restaurant becomes a powerful exploration of class differences o When Ricci finally finds the thief, the thief is protected by his neighbors o Its important that the title is Bicycle Thieves , not Bicycle Thief The film suggests that were all thieves in a certain sense Were driven to it by desperation o Riccis son rescues him twice Ricci looks like he might be arrested or beaten to death, but his sons presence brings mercy from an authority figure o Theres a moral and psychological complexity to this film, along with a inspiring and generous sense of human nature...
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- Fall '10