Juan Antonio Bardem

Death of a Cyclist

Death of a Cyclist

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.

Film Info

Special 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

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Special 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

Death of a Cyclist
Cast
Alberto Closas
Juan Fernandez Soler
Lucia Bosé
Maria José de Castro
Otello Toso
Miguel Castro
Carlos Casaravilla
Rafael "Rafa" Sandoval
Credits
Director
Juan Antonio Bardem
Producer
Manuel J. Goyanes
Cinematography
Alfredo Fraile
Editing
Margarita Ochoa

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