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This is the blog of Ian Rosales Casocot. Filipino writer. Sometime academic. Former backpacker. Twink bait. Hamster lover.

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Thursday, May 07, 2020

entry arrow6:11 AM | The Film Meme No. 13

[13th of 100]. My first introduction to Italian neorealism was this wrenching drama about a father and a son in the margins of post-war Italy, trying to make ends meet and finding luck that they could bear the burden of manual work because of a bicycle. And then of course that bicycle gets stolen. This sets off the story as the melancholy pair searches all over the city for the bicycle, each encounter a gradual descent into hell. The social message is stark but incredibly not heavy handed. No pitying speeches here about class inequality -- just the eloquence of eyes deepening in despair. This is the film to break your heart. This is the film to teach you that art must mean something, must be a commentary on the society it comes from, and this is the film to teach you that you can attain that with restraint, with an eye for beauty, with a knowing quiet rage about the unfair world we live in. What's the film?

For the introduction to this meme, read here.


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