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Subject feedback on"The Bicycle Thief"
Posted by Ross
Posted on Mon Apr 17 22:07:59 2000
From IP h158.s96.ts.hinet.net  

I've read some books about Marxism. One concept Karl Marx brought up in his manifesto that can
associate with the movie "The Bicycle Thief" is his perspective of the relationship between the
workers and their "works". In his opinion, under the capitalism system, workers work for middle
class. Therefore, the "work" to them is something that doesn't belong to them. Then hinder emerges
between workers and their job, and themself as well. In "The Bicycle Thief", actually I don't
see any necessity of having a bicycle while one's job is sticking posters on streets! In other word,
this bicycle is not the "mean" of production! But Ricci needs to sacrifice a lot to buy that bicycle
in order to get that job sardonically. The time of the movie is shortly after WWII, after a fall
of an anti-Marxism government. And the society thus was filled with depression and pessimism.
In such a impoverished society, I don't think Ricci is an outsider of his community like what
Ms Liu said in the class. On the contrary, I think he is a typical representative of his
working class of that time in accordance with the reason above. Maybe I should say that he is
not as "sophisticated" as his fellow folks who all try ways to survive, no matter their ways
are legal or not. Or I should say his constant pursuit of his stolen bicycle is a kind of
claim, or protest to the bourgeoisie. In my opinion, the coliseum and the people who go for
the soccer game represent the middle class of the society, who all the way surpress and exploit
the working class. Ricci's theft was an objection to the government, the society, and the
bourgeoisie as a whole though that was in vain. The conflict of the superstructure and the
base of a society in Marx's theory is a very interesting thing to discuss. It goes without
saying that the social concepts, political system, legal system, religion, morality, art,
philosophy, and science are created by the superstructure, the upper class. But I'm still
thinking that was it superstructure that gives influence on working class or the base of the
society dominates the trent of the society. In addition, I feel Ricci does care his son
Bruno but it was the will of survival that makes him sometimes hysterical. The scene on the
bridge, when he anxiously thinks that his son falls into the river, shows his care for his son
after blind chase of survival. Here we can talk more about the survival and the affection. It's
hard for human beings to make decisions between these two things.


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