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Bicycle Thieves


Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell, Gino Saltamerenda View All


Vittorio De Sica (Director), Cesare Zavattini (Screenplay), Oreste Biancoli (Screenplay), Suso Cecchi d'Amico (Screenplay) View All

Released: Nov. 24th, 1948
Runtime: 1 hour, 33 minutes
Antonio, an unemployed man in the depressed post-WWII economy of Italy, at last finds a good job hanging up posters, the only requirement for which is that he must have his own bicycle. When Antonio's bicycle is stolen, he and his son are forced to walk the streets of Rome in search of it, or else face ruin.
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I also liked how, despite the fact that a small child tags along and naturally acts out due to the thankless chore of being dragged around the city, the film is almost completely devoid of mawkish sentimentality - even a scene where father and son have a bonding moment in an eatery is still undercut by desperation and classism, and it's more or less the only one of its kind in the film.
This is something I taught myself twenty-five minutes into Bicycle Thieves, a 1948 film that's arguably the most famous film of the movement.
Not interested in exploring films own rules, Bicycle Thieves has bad cinematography, inadequate cutting, and some happenings told rather than shown, but it's set of amateur actors are beyond criticism; an amateur is a lover, the word comes from 'love' (with all the caprices and difficulties of love).
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