Imagine your life from its start to the point where you are right now. Look back and remember all the people you have come in proximity with all your life. It starts with the people you grew with, your friends in school, teachers, parents, grandparents, well it seems we have all come in proximity with a lot of people in our lives. But if now you were to just count only the people who have a semblance of a social presence in your life the number of people you started with would decrease N fold. The number N I call is your connectivity Index. The lesser the number N the more connected you are. It has been designed that way for we are Human!
Out of Sight Out of Mind! Heard of thee expression before? Do you really agree with this expression? It holds true to a certain extent but not all the time. It really depends. Do you forget your parents if they are out of your sight never! Siblings Probably Not. Spouse? Depends on what type of a relation you have with your spouse. Ex-Spouse Probably Yes or Probably Not, Ex-Girlfriend Probably Yes, Best Friends No, Casual Friends Yes, Extended Family Yes. So the point I am trying to make is that the idiom out of mind out of sight holds in the relative context of the strength of a relationship. The expression had more validity where geographical proximity was a must for sustained continuous relationships. But wait a minute we live in the age of social media where all our contacts are available at the click of a button thanks to Face Book , What’s App, Twitter and LinkedIn. But does Social media really increase our network of friends and banish the adage out of Sight out of Mind to the dustbins? Now it’s time to quote some Research studies and in the field of Anthropology regarding the brain size and the maximum number of friends a Human being can maintain in a stable state. The number is around 150 and is called the Dunbar Number.
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Movies offer an escape from reality. They offer a passage to an alternate universe for from reality. Who really wants to go to a movie and see a whole lot of realism? What the audience cares is for some bang for their buck real Entertainment. I mean Action, Romance, Thrills, Fights Comedy and all those good things far from the reality of the real world. But there is a whole different set of breed out there who only see cinemas utility in portraying the grimness of reality. I am wondering myself how I got to write this article. As a blogger you are in the exploratory mode and I stumbled upon the 10 must see movies of all time and I found the movie Bicycle Thieves in that List. Thanks to Larry Pages Algorithm A.K.A google I discovered Neo Realism and Its influence on Indian Cinema and how it influenced Satyajith Ray the Greatest Indian Director of all time and the winner of a Life time Oscar award. Some how I felt I can share my findings in my blog.
Bicycle Thieves released under the name The Bicycle Thief in the United States is a 1948 film directed by Vittorio De Sica. The film follows the story of a poor father searching post-World War II Rome for his stolen bicycle, without which he will lose the job which was to be the salvation of his young family.
Adapted for the screen by Cesare Zavattini from a novel by Luigi Bartolini, and starring Lamberto Maggiorani as the desperate father and Enzo Staiola as his plucky young son, Bicycle Thieves is one of the masterpieces of Italian neorealism. It received an Academy Honorary Award in 1950 and, just four years after its release, was deemed the greatest film of all time by Sight & Sound magazine’s poll of filmmakers and critics; fifty years later the same poll ranked it sixth among greatest-ever films.It is also one of the top ten among the British Film Institute’s list of films you should see by the age of 14.
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