A timeless masterpiece directed by Italian neorealist Director Vittorio De Sica that inspired Satyajit Ray to become a film maker & frequently on critics’ & directors’ lists of the best films ever made. It was deemed as the greatest film of all time & truly after such a long time it remains true gold for every classic cinema lover.
De Sica is one of the world’s most influential film makers whose work influenced so many classic directors. After watching the film in London Satyajit Ray confirmed that if ever he made ‘Pather Panchali’, he would make it the same way, using natural locations & unknown actors.
The great Director not only adds value to the experience of the film but enhances it into a transformative experience. This is what only a true art can do- It gives us another way of seeing the ordinary. A man uses his bicycle for work. The bike is stolen. The economic condition of family is in trouble. The father-son duo hunts around in the streets of Rome searching the stolen bike but left with frustration. The father steals a bike & the son watches as he’s caught & beaten by the crowd. The boy shares his humiliation.
De Sica raised a pertinent question in the end – How will this boy grow up having effects like this? Will he be a thief or a good citizen? The genius of De Sica lies in transforming such a simple story into something quite special about all of us. This is what only great director does.
Although the plot is simple, De Sica gave intensive treatment to the film depicting interesting & believable situations & characters sustain the mood of the film. It paints the sharp & tragic picture of working class family, the father-son relationship that is among subtlest & most profound in the cinema even today.
A Cinema of Life time.
It’s insulting to rate films like this.
A Pure Diamond.
P.S- My big thanks to ‘Enlighten Home Library’ for bringing the classic like this available on original DVDs in India. A also like to express my courtesy thanks for Landmark, Ahmedabad & the Customer Support Boy- ‘Munavar’, who takes special interest to my tough choice movie lists every time I land up there.