Sunday, 17 February 2013
"There's a party in my pants and you're all invited!"
FYC: "There's a party in my pants and you're all invited!" - 'Bicycle Thieves' director and Oscar winner Vittorio De Sica's 1945 comedy about a perverted clown who travels the remains of the Italian train system, entertaining himself by molesting war-widows and stealing cured meat products which he shares with his dog Adolfo. Infamous for being banned by the authorities on account of its searing symbolic indictment of the preceding reign of Mussolini, criticism of the collusion of the Catholic church and its downbeat depiction of the American led reconstruction, De Sica laid the foundations for his later materpieces, but admitted in interviews that he had made some missteps in this proto-neo-realist lost classic: "La storia di base era buona, tranne per quel maledetto pagliaccio e la scena in cui il cane gobbe cadavere di una monaca!".