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The Bicycle Thief (Ladri di biciclette, Bicycle Thieves) (1948)

The Bicycle Thief
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Enzo Staiola Enzo Staiola
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Elena Altieri Elena Altieri
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Giulio Chiari Giulio Chiari
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Vittorio Antonucci Vittorio Antonucci
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Michele Sakara Michele Sakara
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Luigi Bartolini Luigi Bartolini
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Unfathomably overrated.

9 years, 1 month ago at May 7 4:52
2 votes
"There's a cure for everything except death."

I know I'm in the severe minority here, but The Bicycle Thief is a film I found to be just tolerable as opposed to great. The film is a poignant character study that was an intrepid move at the time of its release. Critics have hailed it as being an all-time classic and the film even won a special Oscar at the Academy Awards of 1949. read more

bicycle thieves

5 years, 6 months ago at Dec 1 7:47
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Antonio Ricci is an unemployed man in the depressed post-World War II economy of Italy. With a wife and two children to support, he is desperate for work. He is delighted to at last get a good job pasting up posters, but he must have a bicycle. He is told unequivocally, "No bicycle, no job." His wife Maria pawns their bedsheets in order to get money to redeem his bicycle from the pawnbroker.
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father-son relationship

9 years, 2 months ago at Apr 27 16:54
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While this film is correctly known as one of the key works of Italian neorealism, this masterpiece is also one of the great communist films. It also received the 1949 Oscar for best foreign film!

This film contains what is possibly the greatest depiction of a relationship between a father and a son in the history of cinema, full of subtle fluctuations and evolving gradations between... read more
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Description: The recipient of international acclaim, Vittorio de Sica's Italian Neorealist masterwork, THE BICYCLE THIEF, is a treasure of world cinema. After nearly two years of unemployment, Antonio (Lamberto Maggiorani) ... Full Descriptionfinally finds work posting bills. But he needs a bicycle to do the job. Unfortunately, he was forced to pawn his own bicycle long ago. In a humbling, tragic scene, Antonio exchanges his family's linen for his bicycle. But when the bike is stolen on his first day of work, he must comb the streets of Rome in search of the bike: his family's only means to survival. After three days of hunting, Antonio a ... (more)
Release date: 13 December 1949
UPC: 014381457223
Tags: Italy (28), Drama (22), 1940s (17), Italian (16), 1948 (16), Neorealism (16), Crime (9), Bicycle (8), Unemployment (7), Thief (7), (6), Poster (6), Foreign (5), Face Slap (5), Chase (5), Social Issues (5), Ladder (4), Seizure (3), Catholic Church (3), Hardship (3)
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