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Death of a Cyclist (Muerte de un ciclista)

Death of a Cyclist (Muerte de un ciclista) (1958)

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An adulterous couple is forced to take responsibility for their actions in this tense drama from Spanish filmmaker Juan Antonio Bardem. Maria Jose (Lucia Bose) is a beautiful woman whose husband Miguel (Otello Toso) is a wealthy and powerful businessman. Juan (Alberto Closas) is a mathematics instructor at a Spanish college who is distantly related to Miguel, and owes his position to Miguel's influence. Juan was also Maria Jose's boyfriend when they were younger, and now they're carrying on an

Apr 22, 2008

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[Transposes] the ugliness of power relations in a repressive society to the spheres of sex and gossip.

January 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Imagine a Michelangelo Antonio drama of upper class disaffection by way of a film noir...

May 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online
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Explicitly designed as a shock to the system, Death of a Cyclist too often settles for academic subversion.

April 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A mannered guilt trip melodrama made with a great deal of difficulty under the Franco regime.

September 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Death of a Cyclist (Muerte de un ciclista)

[font=Century Gothic]"Death of a Cyclist" starts with Juan(Alberto Closas) and Maria Jose(Lucia Bose) hitting a cyclist with a car Maria Jose was driving. Juan notices that he is still alive and wants to help but she persuades him to leave. She is married to a wealthy businessman, Miguel(Otello Toso), while Juan is the black sheep of his family, accomplishing nothing on his own, and only gaining his assistant professor position through the patronage of his brother-in-law. In class one day, he reads in the newspaper that the cyclist has died, interrupting a student's presentation. To make matters worse, a member of their social circle, Rafa(Carlos Casaravilla), has been insinuating to Maria Jose that he knows what happened...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Death of a Cyclist" is a compelling drama that explodes out from a simple idea. The movie is well directed and edited, but loses some of its momentum in the second half by laying on its central theme of selfishness a little too thick. But the movie takes the theme of selfishness and uses it as a veiled criticism of the Franco regime which ruled Spain at the time. Remember, that the best govenment serves the people, the worst only concerned with its own interests.[/font]
November 30, 2011
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Walter M.

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An interesting take on paranoia and suspense in Spanish. The movie resembles Hitchcocks earlly movies in execution, yet lacks in terms of originality and the eccenctric touch of the old master. A novel watch for fans of film noire, just to see a take on the genre that is not American. All in all, an average, that can - but does not have to be - missed.
October 5, 2008
HenrikSchunk

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  • Muerte de un ciclista (DE)
  • Death of a Cyclist (Gli egoisti) (UK)
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