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Bicycle thieves

Ladri de biciclette
(DVD - 2007 - Italian)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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In postwar, poverty-stricken Rome, a man, hoping to support his desperate family with a new job, loses his bicycle and main means of transportation to work. With his wide-eyed young son in tow, he sets off to track down the thief.
Title: Bicycle thieves
Ladri de biciclette
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Irvington, N.Y. : Criterion Collection ; Santa Monica, Calif. : Distributed by Image Entertainment, [2007]
Edition: Special ed.
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (89 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 guide (75 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.).
Notes: Special features: Restored high-definition digital transfer; "Working with De Sica": a collection of new interviews with screenwriter Suso Cecchi D'Amico, actor Enzo Staiola, and film scholar Callisto Cosulich; "Life as it is": new program on the history of Italian neorealism in cinema, with scholar Mark Shiel; documentary on screenwriter and longtime Vittorio De Sica collaborator Cesare Zavattini, directed by Carlo Lizzani.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1948.
Based on the novel by Luigi Bartolini.
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Summary: In postwar, poverty-stricken Rome, a man, hoping to support his desperate family with a new job, loses his bicycle and main means of transportation to work. With his wide-eyed young son in tow, he sets off to track down the thief.
Audience: Not rated.
Awards & Distinctions: Winner, Honorary Academy Award for most outstanding foreign film released in the United States in 1949 ; Winner, Best Foreign Film, 1950 Golden Globes ; Winner, Best Film from Any Source, 1950 BAFTA Awards ; Winner, 1949 National Board of Review, USA, Best Director (Vittorio de Sica), Best Film
Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists, 1949: Silver Ribbons - Best Cinematography (Carlo Montuori) ; Best Director (Vittorio De Sica) ; Best Film ; Best Score (Alessandro Cicognini) ; Best Screenplay (Cesare Zavattini, Vittorio De Sica, Suso Cecchi d'Amico, Oreste Biancoli, Adolfo Franci, Gerardo Guerrieri) ; Best Story (Cesare Zavattini).
Golden Globes, USA, 1950: Best Foreign Film.
Additional Contributors: Bartolini, Luigi - 1892-1963.
Cicognini, Alessandro
Montuori, Carlo - 1885-1968.
Altieri, Elena - 1919-
Carell, Lianella - 1927-2000
Staiola, Enzo - 1939-
Maggiorani, Lamberto - 1910-1983.
Guerrieri, Gerardo
Cecchi d'Amico, Suso
Zavattini, Cesare - 1902-1989.
De Sica, Vittorio - 1901-1974.
ISBN: 9781934121245
Statement of Responsibility: story by Cesare Zavattini ; screenwriters, Vittorio De Sica, Cesare Zavattini, Suso Cecchi d'Amico, Gerardo Guerrieri ; director, Vittorio De Sica
Credits: Cinematographer, Carlo Montuori ; editor, Eraldo Da Roma ; original music, Alessandro Cicognini.
Performers: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell, Gino Saltamerenda, Vittorio Antonucci, Giulio Chiari, Elena Altieri.
System Details: DVD format ; full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 1.0 mono., dual-layer, DVD-9, high-definition transfer.
Other Language: Italian dialogue with optional English dubbed soundtrack, English subtitles.
Subject Headings: Rome (Italy) Drama. Foreign films Italy. Fathers and sons Italy Rome Drama. Criminal investigation Italy Rome Drama. Offenses against property Italy Rome Drama. Bicycles Italy Rome Drama. Cycling Italy Rome Drama. Poor families Italy Rome Drama.
Genre/Form: Foreign films-Italy.
Melodramas (Motion pictures)
Italian language materials.
Motion pictures, Italian.
Feature films.
Topical Term: Foreign films
Fathers and sons
Criminal investigation
Offenses against property
Poor families
Publisher No: CC1681D
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A father falls to desperate measures after his bike gets stolen only to be chastised in front of his young son who loves him regardless.

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Sep 11, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I was completely rapt in this melancholy tale, presented flawlessly by the cast, (especially the young boy playing Bruno, adorably attached to his Dad at the hip), whom I've learned were all amateur actors with no prior training. Staggering poverty. Unemployment. Desperation. And yet, faced with all that hopelessness, there still exists the fight, the will, the determination to survive from this family. The tenacity. Incredible film, start to finish. FIVE STARS.

Nov 20, 2012
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sometimes called “Bicycle Thief,” this is one of the greatest movies made during the period of Italian neo-realism. Absolutely tragic and harrowing! See if you can find out why it is also sometimes entitled “Bicycle Thieves.” This was later “remade” into an Hispanic-American Movie which could have been entitled “Worker’s Truck Thief.” but is entitled "A Better Life."

Nov 20, 2012
  • yumsushi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I haven't been emotional invested in movie characters like this in a long time. This amazing movie captures the frustration, despair and tragedy of the postwar era. The ending left me weeping with frustration. Life is just so unfair.


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Sep 11, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Antonio Ricci (to his son, Bruno, after losing sight of the old man who had ties to the bicycle thief): "...Why kill myself worrying when I'll end up just as dead anyways?" (father and son enter an upscale eatery) "Let's forget everything and get drunk!"


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