ACADEMY AWARD WINNER – THE BICYCLE THIEF

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Cast

Lamberto Maggiorani
Enzo Staiola
Lianella Carell|

Director

Vittorio De Sica

Producer

Giuseppe Amato

Genres

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Film synopsis

A masterpiece of Italian filmmaking and foundation stone of the neorealist film movement, Vittorio De Sica’s The Bicycle Thief is a harrowing portrait of loss and depravation in post-war Rome.Awarded an honorary Oscar for Best Foreign Film, and regularly voted one of the greatest films of all time, The Bicycle Thief is a simple, powerful movie about a man who needs a job. Like the great neo-realist film that preceded it, Roberto Rosselini’s Open City, The Bicycle Thief was shot on location in the streets of Rome using non-professional actors, giving chilling authenticity to the story of a man’s desperate bid to provide for his family. De Sica combined with long-time collaborator, writer Cesare Zavattini (Miracle in Milan, Umberto D), to produce a potent mix of real life detail, detective story and poetic melodrama as a father (Lamberto Maggiorani) and his devoted son (Enzo Staiola) roam the streets of the capital in search of the bicycle that will deliver them from poverty.

Running time

87 Minutes

Year of production

1948

Classification

Mild themes