Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette) (Bfi Film Classics) by Robert Gordon
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Overview: Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette) Vittorio de Sica, 1948 is unarguably one of the fundamental films in the history of cinema. It is also one of the most beguiling, moving and (apparently) simple pieces of narrative cinema ever made. The film tells the story of one man and his son, as they search fruitlessly through the streets of Rome for his stolen bicycle; the bicycle which had finally freed him from the poverty and humiliation of longterm unemployment.
One of a cluster of extraordinary films to come out of post-war, post-Fascist Italy after 1945 – loosely labelled ‘neo-realist’ – Bicycle Thieves won an Oscar in 1949, topped the first Sight and Sound poll of the best films of all time in 1952 and has been hugely influential throughout world cinema ever since. It remains a necessary point of reference for any cinematic engagement with the labyrinthine experience of the modern city, the travails of poverty in the contemporary world, the complex bond between fathers and sons, and the capacity of the camera to capture something like the essence of all of these.
Robert S. C. Gordon’s BFI Film Classics volume shows how Bicycle Thieves is ripe for re-viewing, for rescuing from its worthy status as a neo-realist ‘classic’. It looks at the film’s drawn-out planning and production history, the vibrant and riven context in which it was made, and the dynamic geography, geometry and sociology of the film that resulted.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
The Geography of Madness: Penis Thieves, Voodoo Death, and the Search for the Meaning of the World’s Strangest Syndromes by way of Frank Bures
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Overview: Why do a little males turn out to be convinced-despite what medical doctors inform them-that their penises have, merely, disappeared. Why do other folks the world over turn out to be satisfied that they’re cursed to die on a specific date-and then do? Why do other folks in Malaysia “run amok”?
In The Geography of Madness, acclaimed mag creator Frank Bures investigates those and different “culture-bound” syndromes, tracing every apparently baffling phenomenon to its supply. It’s an enchanting, and from time to time rollicking, journey that takes the reader world wide and deep into the eccentricities of the human psyche. What Bures uncovers alongside the way in which is a poignant and stirring tale of the patience of trust, worry, and hope.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
Steal the Night (Thieves #5) by Lexi Blake
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Overview: She was born to be a thief. To save the world, she will have to become a queen….
Zoey Donovan-Quinn is growing restless. After months of searching, her crew hasn’t been able to locate the resting place of the one man who could save Daniel. While they frantically continue their quest, Zoey is still struggling to recover from the devastating losses she suffered in Faery. In the midst of her grief and worry, Louis Marini appears and demands the Blood Stone he forced Zoey to steal. Zoey has no choice but to hand it over.
When the giant ruby’s true nature is revealed, Zoey discovers she has given their greatest enemy a weapon of unimaginable power. Equipped with the Blood Stone, Marini intends to dominate the supernatural world and, on a more personal note, claim Zoey as his companion.
Desperate and on the run, Zoey, Dev, and Daniel forge an unlikely alliance with an old adversary who claims he can lead them to the wizard who can free Daniel from Marini’s clutches and help him claim his throne. As they race to solve a thousand-year-old mystery and gather their forces for the ultimate battle, Zoey prepares to do what she does best.
If Daniel and Dev are to have any hope of victory, she will have to do the unthinkable… surrender to Louis Marini and steal back the Blood Stone.
Genre: Audiobooks > Fiction Romance, Contemporary
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