The film begins with a crowd of men all eagerly seeking work so that they may feed their families. Already the film displays the terrible economic conditions that Italy is in at this point in history.
Share via Email Almost lost masterpiece It turns out that there are two thieves: This study of poverty in postwar Rome is now revived in cinemas as a somewhat astringent Yuletide treat.
For me, it is as unbearable as any horror film. Antonio Lamberto Maggiorani is a poor man who is thrilled when he is at last offered a job: On his first day at work, the unlocked machine is stolen and Antonio drops everything to go on a desperate odyssey through the streets of Rome with his little boy Bruno Enzo Staiola to get his bike back, pleading and accusing and uncovering scenes of poverty similar to theirs wherever they go.
They create uproar in classic crowd moments: This is a story that magnificently withholds the comic or dramatic palliatives another sort of film might have introduced.
Antonio and Bruno are a world away from Chaplin and his Kid.
The scenes at the beginning of the film, when Antonio casually leaves his bicycle unlocked but it remains for the moment miraculously unstolen, have to be watched through your fingers. Antonio seems unable or unwilling to embrace the obvious redemptive moral - that his son is the important possession, not the wretched bicycle - and De Sica is unwilling to embrace it either, perhaps precisely because it is too obvious, or because this moral is a luxury that only well-off people can afford.
The father is obsessed with finding a stolen needle in the urban haystack, obsessed with getting his job back.
Again and again, he ignores his little boy while scanning the horizon for his bicycle. At one stage, he hears an uproar from the riverbank about a "drowned boy". With a guilty start, he looks around. Do they mean Bruno? But the lesson is not learned. Bicycle Thieves is a brilliant, tactlessly real work of art.The banner image above is from Steven Spielberg's A.I.
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Mar 19, · "The Bicycle Thief" is so well-entrenched as an was directed by Vittorio De Sica, who believed that everyone could play one role perfectly: And then, in the famous closing sequence of the movie, Ricci is tempted to steal a bicycle himself, continuing the cycle of theft and poverty.4/4.
Bicycle Thieves (Italian: Ladri di biciclette; sometimes known in the United States as The Bicycle Thief) is a Italian drama 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 Produced by: Ercole Graziadei, Sergio Bernardi, Count Cicogna.
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The Bicycle Thief; see below). Directed by Vittorio De Sica and shot it has gradually come to be better known as Bicycle Thieves, and The Bicycle Thief is fading away.
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