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Upper-class geometry professor Juan and his wealthy, married mistress, Maria Josť, 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 Bardemís charged melodrama Death of a Cyclist (Muerte de un ciclista) was a direct attack on 1950s Spanish society under Francoís rule. Though it was affected by the dictates of censorship, its sting could never be dulled.

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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 Bardemís 1955 call to arms for Spanish cinema

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