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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Death Of A Cyclist (aka Muerte De Un Ciclista) (1955)

Juan Antonio Bardem’s intense sociological thriller has the feel of Hitchcock meets Antonioni. Set at the height of Franco’s Spain, two upper class Spaniards having an affair accidentally hit a bicyclist but leave him to die on the road. Fear and guilt then begin to chip away on their relationship, affecting not only them but those around them. The beautiful Lucia Bose (STORY OF A LOVE AFFAIR) brings a concentrated poise as the adulteress but the actors playing her lover (Alberto Closas) and husband (Otello Toso) are so similar physically and in acting style that it’s almost impossible to tell them apart on first viewing.

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