Death of a Cyclist (Muerte de un ciclista) (1958)
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Critic Reviews for Death of a Cyclist (Muerte de un ciclista)
[Transposes] the ugliness of power relations in a repressive society to the spheres of sex and gossip.
Imagine a Michelangelo Antonio drama of upper class disaffection by way of a film noir...
Explicitly designed as a shock to the system, Death of a Cyclist too often settles for academic subversion.
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] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [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]
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.
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