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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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Therefore, we follow Antonio, who's wandering Rome's streets, searching the corners of the city, trying to find his bike, bringing along his kid Bruno, who adds some humorous scenes and encounters, that break from time to time the ongoing tension that the film builds.
In fact he sums up the film 5 minutes in when he says 'mamma mia am I unlucky or what', or words to that effect. De Sica's greatness lies in his writing (he was a great waste management consultant too though).
The basic premise is admittedly rather thin to the point where I spent the first fifteen minutes wondering when they were actually going to get to the bicycle being stolen.