Bicycle Thieves (1948)

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In post-war Italy, a working-class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it.

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  • Lamberto Maggiorani and Enzo Staiola in Bicycle Thieves (1948)
  • Lamberto Maggiorani and Enzo Staiola in Bicycle Thieves (1948)
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30 January 1999 | PureCinema
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| The greatest neorealism film ever made
The Bicycle Thief is without a doubt De Sica's masterpiece of Italian neorealism filmmaking. It is a true landmark in cinema history.

A man who has been unemployed for months is finally given a chance at a job putting up posters. He and his family have been living in poverty for months, and are very exited to hear the news. The only requirement for the job is a bicycle. His wife pawns the sheets off of their own bed in order to buy the bicycle. And, as you can tell from the title, it is stolen on his first day of work. Now, without it, he and his son search the crowded streets of Rome for the only thing that can give him back his dignity as a man.

This is a simple, but very powerful film and I found the relationship between Bruno and his father especially touching. The final scene is a true captivating moment as Bruno witnesses the true nature of man and the world we have created for ourselves.

Don't miss this film, to call it a classic would be an understatement.

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