Bicycle Thieves review
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 03/15/12
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 were one of the profound and touching sequences shown. Symbolism's and thematic inspirations of life’s frustrations, neglect, isolation, real friendship, working classes, and comfort in family were shown the influential picture, The Bicycle Thief.