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Bicycle Thieves

De Sica’s social drama, along with Roberto Rossellini’s Rome, Open City, is the most emotionally engaging film of the Italian Neo-Realist film movement. Focusing on Antonio’s (Lamberto Maggiorani) working class plight as a man whose means of transportation (a bicycle) is stolen, placing his employment in certain jeopardy. As he and his young son Bruno (Enzo Staiola) scour the city in a futile search for his liberated ride, father and son are faced with a choice that offers both a solution to their problem while simultaneously posing a deep moral quandary. “The Bicycle Thief is so well-entrenched as an official masterpiece that it is a little startling to visit it again after many years and realize that it is still alive and has strength and freshness.” —Roger Ebert. In Italian with English subtitles.

Genres: Neorealism, Drama

Other Films by Vittorio De Sica

Umberto D.

Vittorio De Sica helmed a long string of humanist, neorealist masterpieces that were at once tender portraits of the average people of post-war Italy and thinly veiled critiques of the reconstructionist state, including Umberto D. Retired pensioner Umberto Domenico Ferrari (Carlo Battisti), alone except for his treasured dog Flike, struggles to get by on his