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In-Depth Study & Film Companion for Bicycle Thieves: Italian Neorealism

FM3: Research Project
FM4 Section A:
  • International Film Styles
  • Specialist Study 1

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…