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Freedom to OffendHow New York Remade Movie Culture$
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Raymond J. Haberski

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124292

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124292.001.0001

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This chapter discusses The Bicycle Thief, a movie that depicted the pathos of postwar Italian life through the story of a young father's search for his stolen bicycle. The controversy that surrounded this film was the fact that both state and city censors had allowed its exhibition. Two scenes that were supposed to be cut from the film showed the main character relieving himself against a wall and another was a very brief and innocent look inside a brothel. It also discusses the impact of foreign films on the viewing public, and shows that the postwar era was considered a boom time for foreign films.

Keywords:   The Bicycle Thief, Italian life, postwar, censors, controversy, exhibition, foreign films, impact

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