Classic Films
April 2, 2004 12:54 PM   Subscribe

On a tangential note, not so classic movies.
posted by Gyan at 12:57 PM on April 2, 2004

great link, thanks hama7

and by the way, since this thread is about classic films and certainly The Bycicle Thief belongs to the category, a great, as-yet-unknown De Sica anecdote: De Sica's main inspiration for the film was an autobiographical episode. De Sica's father was a very nice higher middle class man who encountered some bad luck and found himself (and his family) with very little money. so he owed money to many shopkeepers, to feed his family. until one day, when Vittorio was a little kid, one of the shopkeepers came to the De Sica home, screaming, savagely insulting the father in front of his family to try to shame him into paying his small debt. so little Vittorio witnessed that terrible humiliation helplessly suffered by his beloved father. and years later it was the inspiration for the simple, heartbreaking story of a man wo doesn't want to allow poverty -- and bad luck -- to humiliate him in front of his little son.

so in a way the whole movie is a love letter from De Sica to his by-then-deceased dad.

OK, this was the little story. hope you liked it.
for those who haven't seen the film, please do.
those who have already -- watch it again.
and again hama7, thanks for the link
posted by matteo at 3:09 PM on April 2, 2004

This is good.

::runs off to throw many of these that I had forgotten into my Netflix queue::
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 3:49 PM on April 2, 2004

I love you, hama7.

[this is good]
posted by Joey Michaels at 3:54 PM on April 2, 2004

the barbara stanwyck page really adds to this site's greatness. especially since he doesn't link to the squickfest called the barbara stanwyck foot fetish page.

if you like old movies, you might also want to check out cinepad.
posted by pxe2000 at 4:19 PM on April 2, 2004

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