The Bicycle Thief (1948) Directed by Vittorio deSica
In postwar, poverty-stricken Rome, a man who is desperate to feed his family is about to start a new job when his bike is stolen, and it is, his only means of transportation for work ! With his wide-eyed young son in hand, he sets off to find the thief. Simple in construction yet rich in human insight, tthe film unfolds with the utter honesty and emotional honesty that are hallmarks of Italian neoRealism.
“Brilliant and devastating”–NY Times
“Simplicity is at the heart of The Bicycle Thief, as it is with so many films that endure–LA Times
This landmark Ineorealist drama became one of the best-known and most widely acclaimed European movies; it even garnered a special Academy Award as “most outstanding foreign film” seven years before that Oscar category existed. Honorary Oscar (prior to the establishment of a Foreign Language category).
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