Bicycle Thieves (1948)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB

Original title:  Ladri Di Biciclette

Alternate title:  The Bicycle Thief

Italy, 1948.  Produzioni De Sica.  Screenplay by , , Vittorio De Sica, , , , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  

An impoverished family in post-war Rome are saved from starvation when the father gets himself a job working as a telegraph delivery man. His wife hocks personal belongings to buy him a bicycle for his job, but their prosperity is short-lived when the vehicle is stolen by a random stranger.

Powerful stuff, with lots to say about the cycle of poverty that too many people find themselves trapped in, this is a beautifully sensitive film with great performances and excellent direction by Vittorio de Sica.

The Criterion Collection:  #374

Academy Award:  Special Foreign Language Film Award
Nomination: Best Screenplay

Golden Globe Award:  Best Foreign Language Film


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