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Bicycle Thieves ( Ladri di biciclette ) (1949) Movie Information

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Vittorio De Sica


Lamberto Maggiorani
Enzo Staiola
Lianella Carell
Gino Saltamerenda
Vittorio Antonucci
Giulio Chiari





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An unemployed man of 2 years is finally given a job which requires a bicycle. He pawns his way to receive a bicycle only to have it stolen on his first day of work.

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This film is, pure and simple, art. It's an emotional story that is presented in a very straightforward way, but that simplicity is what brings moments of true transcending connection to this film. For everyone who wasn't immediately born into wealth, it has moments of personal recollection and power.

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Such a simple story, yet deeply emotional and brutally honest. A milestone of Italian cinema that continues to resonate in every age. Should be required viewing for anyone serious about film.

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Perfection on celluloid. If you haven't watched it, or are even not much for foreign films then still do yourself the favor.

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It is a great movie, recommended to everyone. At times it's unnerving, but this movie represents not only the working man but Italian cinema at its most real.

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"There's a cure for everything except death."

Revered as one of the foundation stones of Italian neorealism, it is a simple, powerful film about a man who needs a job.

This story is so direct it plays more like a parable than a drama.

True, Ricci is a character entirely driven by class and economic need. There isn't a lot else to him, although he comes alive in the pizzeria scene. True, the movie doesn't make a point of contrasting his poverty with high-living millionaires (wealth is illustrated as the ability to buy a plate of spaghetti). But if the film is allowed to wait long enough--until the filmmakers are dead, until neorealism is less an inspiration than a memory--"The Bicycle Thief" escapes from its critics and becomes, once again, a story. It is happiest that way.

Such films stand outside time. A man loves his famil...

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Antonio Ricci (Lamberto Maggiorani) starts work with the use of a bicycle. His son Bruno (Enzo Staiola), cleans the bicycle and rides with Antonio on the way to work. The bicycle was then stolen by a thief so he asks assistance from the authorities and his friend Baiocco. Screenplay was extraordinary with lines from Antonio – “I fell like a man in chains.” Policeman - “We all make mistakes.” One of the off putting scenes were the kid was kicked on the behind while Antonio was being briefed in his work and hitting his son. Its artists and score were endearing while the camera direction was good. The realistic incidents, simple portrayals and yet effective in terms of motion picture for its era. The heartfelt conclusion and actual attempt in bringing back the bike from the thief wer...

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