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In-Depth Study & Film Companion for Bicycle Thieves: Italian Neorealism
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FM3: Research Project
FM4 Section A:
  • International Film Styles
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In Depth Study and Film Companion

for Bicycle Thieves: Italian Neorealism

"Ladri di Biciclette is one of the first examples of pure cinema" Andre Bazin

Vittorio de Sica's masterpiece explored in detail. Students will develop a deep understanding of the film, its context and the cinematic techniques used to create this paradigm of Neorealism. Questions and activities throughout to fully engage students with the material. 2 Research tasks for independent learning.

Covers the film on every level:

  • Context section gives students a broader understanding of the genre
  • Overviews ensure students follow the plot of this foreign film
  • Key stills with analysis capture and explain the director's techniques – students gain an in-depth understanding of the film and how it was shot
  • Commentary sections explore in detail specific aspects of the film such as family, location, sound, mise en scène, narrative, typage…

What do teachers have to say about this resource? (3731)
"Excellent resource. Really liked it... Nice balance of intellectual commentary and visual assistance... I liked the background to the film, it was not too pretentious.The Analysis of Five Scenes is cracking. It was a really fantastic idea to visually breakdown a Classic. This is something missing from so many books... As a teaching aid this is difficult to beat... The Section on Sound was especially strong and useful. I liked the Metaphysical Journey. I did like the little Table Hollywood vs neorealism... enhances learning on many levels not least the simplicity of the Scene de-constructions which will easily assist A2 WJEC students with textual material they will be very unfamiliar with... Wonderful." — P Holmes, Teacher of Media and Film & Independent Reviewer

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