Cover image for The bicycle thief Ladri di biciclette
Title:
The bicycle thief Ladri di biciclette
Author:
De Sica, Vittorio, 1901-1974.
Publication Information:
[New York] : Corinth Films ; Chatsworth, CA : Image Entertainment [dist.], [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Story of an unemployed man and his son in war devastated Rome. The father finds a job pasting up posters, work requiring a bicycle to get around. The bicycle is stolen; panic stricken at being unable to recover his bicycle and at the prospect of losing his job, the father is compelled to steal a bicycle, only to be caught and humiliated in front of his son.
General Note:
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1949.

A foreign film (Italy).

Includes director's biography & filmography, awards, theatrical trailer in English.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
Italian
Contents:
1. Main title ; Getting a job -- 2. Ricci's transportation -- 3. The one who sees -- 4. The bicycle thief -- 5. Baiocco's help -- 6. The search -- 7. Rain men -- 8. "It's the thief!" -- 9. Mass hysteria -- 10. Lunch break -- 11. Back to the seer -- 12. Face to face -- 13. Desperate measures -- 14. End credits.
UPC:
014381457223
Format :
DVD

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This landmark Italian neorealist drama became one of the best-known and most widely acclaimed European movies, including a special Academy Award as "most outstanding foreign film" seven years before that Oscar category existed. Written primarily by neorealist pioneer Cesare Zavattini and directed by Vittorio DeSica, also one of the movement's main forces, the movie featured all the hallmarks of the neorealist style: a simple story about the lives of ordinary people, outdoor shooting and lighting, non-actors mixed together with actors, and a focus on social problems in the aftermath of World War II. Lamberto Maggiorani plays Antonio, an unemployed man who finds a coveted job that requires a bicycle. When it is stolen on his first day of work, Antonio and his young son Bruno (Enzo Staiola) begin a frantic search, learning valuable lessons along the way. The movie focuses on both the relationship between the father and the son and the larger framework of poverty and unemployment in postwar Italy. As in such other classic films as Shoeshine (1946), Umberto D. (1952), and his late masterpiece The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1971), DeSica focuses on the ordinary details of ordinary lives as a way to dramatize wider social issues. As a result, The Bicycle Thief works as a sentimental study of a father and son, a historical document, a social statement, and a record of one of the century's most influential film movements. ~ Leo Charney, Rovi