First shot of the film bus driving up to drop off

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First shot of the film, bus driving up to drop off workers Still titles running, but intact key with bus coming in oJob opportunities scene Guy announcing jobs, establishing authority (almost god like)Power position, visual and practical oDon’t see Ricci right away (same with Rome Open City and Pina)oCould be a story about anyone in this crowdRicci had almost given up hope, he was sitting on the ground Issue with the job is that Ricci doesn't have a bike Hollywood cinema has a basic structure with recognizable fictional plot oInitial situation -> Problem -> resolution Film captures a great event This movie doesn't have a big event because he looses his bike and that is it 8
oQuite contrary to Italian cinema Bike is immediately important and has a prominent role in the practical plot oTells us about the desperate society with bike representing job opportunity Bike represents a function of mobility (this is the key protagonist of the film)oFirst image of the bus is of mobility, connecting political implications oPeople find themselves in a mobile society, need transportation for a jobGoes to get his wife after this scene oShe carried the water alone before he helped (poetic moment)oWife is introduced with other women within the community, in a crowd Ricci is so consumed with his bike problem, that he doesn't realize that his wife is carrying 2 buckets of water oSociety problems made it difficult to focus on one another Wife's reaction: not upset, just focused on carrying water oShe shares his anxiety and symbolic that they are sharing the burden of their jobs and water Sense of equality in this scene Represents job as bad news "so unlucky, got a job and I cannot take it"Scene: Putting Bed linen in massive pile oSo many people traded in sheets to get something oHopelessness of position of people Reminding people that this could be anyone Bike Stealing Scene oDeep focus: (used in neorealism) focus on the background, foreground not in focus, instead every figure is in focus oRita Hayworth Poster Big role in Hollywood cinema oHollywood Cinema poster store, Ricci was taking out the wrinkles, did it twice with 2 halves of the picture Upper and lower half of the images Hollywood cinema appears to be so real, but it is in fact so constructed and edited, critique of Hollywood cinema Trying to put the poster up, but cannot do it correctly oNeorealism cannot do what Hollywood can expect Discussion Sad because protagonist tries to provide for his family, but not a happy ending Why no happy ending?o(1) Real lifeo(2) historical reasons in post war period Cinematographic reasons - opposition to Hollywood cinema and cinema before neorealism Historical Context oPoverty oChurch - scene of relief from poverty when they offer the people food after the service High rates of unemployment Loss of socio/economic mobility (bike symbol of mobility) Had to give away sheets to get bike oExtreme poverty, few cars oFamily is the only comfort

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