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Death of a Cyclist

Juan Antonio Bardem

 
Death of a Cyclist (Criterion DVD)

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  • Spain
  • 1955
  • 87 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Spanish
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  • Spine #427

Upper-class geometry professor Juan and his wealthy, married mistress, Maria José, driving back from a late-night rendezvous, accidentally hit a cyclist, and run. The resulting, exquisitely shot tale of guilt, infidelity, and blackmail reveals the wide gap between the rich and the poor in Spain, and surveys the corrupt ethics of a society seduced by decadence. Juan Antonio Bardem’s charged melodrama Death of a Cyclist (Muerte de un ciclista) was a direct attack on 1950s Spanish society under Franco’s rule. Though it was affected by the dictates of censorship, its sting could never be dulled.

Cast

Juan Fernandez SolerAlberto Closas
Maria José de CastroLucia Bosé
Miguel CastroOtello Toso
Rafael "Rafa" SandovalCarlos Casaravilla

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Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Calle Bardem (2005), a documentary on the revolutionary life and career of director Juan Antonio Bardem
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by scholar Marsha Kinder and Bardem’s 1955 call to arms for Spanish cinema

    New cover by Michael Boland

Film Essays

Death of a Cyclist: Creating a Modern Spanish Cinema

By Marsha KinderApril 21, 2008

Juan Antonio Bardem’s Death of a Cyclist (1955), one of the first Spanish films to win the . . . Read more »

Clippings

Summer 2009 Cineaste: Bardem, Maysles

June 25, 2009

Robert Koehler takes a long “second look” at Death of a Cyclist in the summer 2009 issue of . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Death of a Cyclist: Creating a Modern Spanish Cinema

By Marsha KinderApril 21, 2008

Juan Antonio Bardem’s Death of a Cyclist (1955), one of the first Spanish films to win the . . . Read more »