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

From The Current

Summer 2009 Cineaste: Bardem, Maysles

Robert Koehler takes a long “second look” at Death of a Cyclist in the summer 2009 issue of Cineaste, sizing up Juan Antonio Bardem’s 1955 political melodrama in terms of Spain’s national identity and the legacy of neorealism. Check it out on…


Jun 25, 2009
Paul Schrader’s Top 10

It's pretty hard to go wrong selecting ten “best” or ten “favorites” from the Criterion Collection, although it might be interesting to select the ten worst Criterion releases (something that, in deference to my friends at Criterion, I will n


Nov 21, 2008
Death of a Cyclist:
Creating a Modern Spanish Cinema

Juan Antonio Bardem’s Death of a Cyclist (1955), one of the first Spanish films to win the critics’ prize at a major European festival, was crucial in launching the modern Spanish cinema. Bardem came directly from his triumph at Cannes to the Sal…

By Marsha Kinder


Apr 22, 2008