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The Bicycle Thief

(Ladri di biciclette) ~ Nominated for Oscar. Another 16 wins

Restored & Re-issued! New 35mm print! The Bicycle Thief is a postwar classic from the school of Italian Neo-Realism – a movement distinguished by hard-luck stories shot with cobble-licking intensity. Vittorio De Sica’s grainy melodrama is soaked in the depression misery gripping Rome in 1948. Half the city is unemployed. Antonio (Lamberto Maggiorani) thinks he’s hit the jackpot when he finds precious work sticking up posters. But, on his very first day, a thief steals the bicycle essential for the job. Antonio must find it before the next morning or his family will starve. De Sica’s haunting movie uses natural light and real locations to create a marvellous atmospheric backdrop. Antonio trawls the backstreets of Rome with his bewildered young son Bruno in tow. The callous indifference to this small man and his missing bike is hugely affecting. The significance of the theft is wasted on bored carabinieri and menacing locals. But not on young Bruno (Enzo Staiola), who silently grieves as his faith in his father is crushed before his eyes.” – James Christopher, The Times (London)
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Directed by: 
Vittorio De Sica
Running Time: 
Italian with English subtitles
Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell, Vittorio Antonucci
Screenplay by: 
Cesare Zavattini, Suso Cecchi D'Amico, Gerardo Guerrieri, Oreste Biancoli, Adolfo Franci, based on the short story by Luigi Bartolini

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