Date: 04 November 2002
A wonderful film. Such a simple plot, a bicycle is stolen from a man who really needs it to survive. He then goes round Rome with his son looking for it. Eventually he becomes so desperate that he tries to steal a bicycle himself, but fails. The wheel of the bicycle and life go round in a circle. Rome has hardly changed in 50 years and the film fascinates because we feel we are seeing real life as it was. Even if the actors are acting, the city is not. All great art can be described in a simple way, at some level, by the viewer or critic. It can usually be condensed into a snappy pitch. Contemporary movies however make simple ideas messy and incoherent.
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