Saturday, May 02, 2009

Some beautiful neo-realism: I was in the mood for classic film this past week, so I watched Umberto D and The Bicycle Thief by director Vittorio De Sica. The latter is now available online at Netflix. I'm no movie critic, but if you like simple stories of ordinary people shot in beautiful places like Rome in black and white; if you have a soft spot for kids and dogs, and if you don't mind a slow pace, I bet you'll like these. Don't get me wrong--they have a lot of emotional power, but the director is in no hurry to get you there. These films, however, are not long. They run about 90 minutes each. In my opinion, you cannot make a movie too short.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the heads-up.

One more thing. Holy smokes, it's Russell Crowe as kid! Talk about a look-alike.