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I get where it's going with the whole stupid-for-the-sake-of-fun thing and I can see why people would fully enjoy themselves watching it but that just wasn't me. I've seen too much like it and it doesn't really cover any new ground in the horror comedy genre. Remember, you can still be clever when writing a movie about nazi zombies!
Bicycle Thieves is an overwhelmingly real viewing experience. I don't know how else to put that really...it's a staple of the Italian Neorealism movement, which was characterized by "stories set amongst the poor and the working class, filmed on location, frequently using non-professional actors" and focused on the "difficult economic and moral conditions of Italian post-World War II, representing changes in the Italian psyche and conditions of everyday life, including poverty, oppression, injustice and desperation."
It's an incredibly down-to-earth film and aims at being as realistic/relevant as it can be, and it succeeds. Almost 65 years later, I found myself sobbing at the heartbreaking closing scene, where a crowd of jobless and poor Italian men and women march the streets with tears in their eyes. The struggle of one man, searching for some economic stability in his life through the simplest of means - a bicycle - acts as a much larger political symbol (specifically the director's own Marxist beliefs, another staple of the Italian neorealist movement) relevant to the time yet still somehow relatable. It presents to you what happens one day in the life of the protagonist without ever really forcing you to feel what it wants you to feel (if that makes any sense whatsoever). It happens naturally and you find yourself becoming more and more invested in the well-being of the characters, despite never really knowing too much about them.
A wonderfully emotional experience and a breathtakingly beautiful film!
When watched today, Birth of a Nation's blatant racism will shock and disgust beyond belief. When it was released it caused a skyrocketing of KKK membership and sparked numerous angry protests both in its favour and begging for it to be banned.
Yet however disgusting it is, Birth of a Nation is the single most technically innovative cinematic achievement ever made. Virtually every movie in existence owes something to it. Its many revolutionary innovations include the use of film and editing to create narrative, subtitles, night photography, tinting, panning, close-ups, parallel editing, and many many others. It was the first film that allowed you to relate to characters on a personal level, and the first to really harness the power of emotional manipulation of its audience.
Anyone who values film at all needs to see Birth of a Nation because of its utmost importance and revolutionary place in cinema history.