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Directed by Vittorio De Sica

Italy 1948 89 mins. In Italian

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.