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Jennifer Medina Modern Film Paper 2 July 18 2001 The Bicycle Thief by Vittorio De Sica is a movie that breaks the Hollywood aesthetic of beautiful people fancy homes and extensive wealth that only thrives in fantasy and sometimes-unconquerable dreams It exploits the plight of working class individuals who live in what some may call ghettoes or over crowded cities Standing outside of a government agency men await the fates of their futures will it be their day to get work or will they go home in defeat to tell their wives and children that they might not have enough money to eat It is a travesty to envision a life that is lived moment to moment and the future holds no promise for a better tomorrow It is striking to watch a movie that encapsulates the very heart of the working class The audience is introduced to the movies central character Antonio A man who is in search of a job and the one he receives requires a mode of transportation common in those days a bicycle The bicycle he owns is in a repair shop waiting for alterations to be done but because of the lack of money his family has he never acquired the opportunity to pay for it He then journeys back home to his wife his son and his newborn to herald the good news however as all good things too good to be true there is a catch Antonio tells his wife that he can have this beneficial job if he has a bicycle translation we need money to get the bike so I can work Maria his wife decides to pawn their precious linens apart of her dowry in order to retrieve Antonios bicycle from the shop J Medina 2 However maintaining the bicycle long enough to see a single paycheck would pose as a dilemma rather than a means of support First
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