Monday, May 22, 2006

The Bicycle Thief

Watching this film fifty years after it was hailed as a masterpiece and lauded as a "greatest film" by so many, only added to the resonant experience of being bumped INTO the familiar clips that have been screened into my conciousness (signifiers sans signifieds) in a hundred "Great Motion Pictures" montages. The heart of the film for me though was beyond the experience of resonant cultural memory; the shock of what the son sees at the end of the film, and his simple responding gesture resonated backward through the film, and offers the viewers the best subject position a film ever could - the perspective of forgiveness.