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Bicycle Thieves [Criterion Collection] [4K] [Blu-ray] [Italian] [1948]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Documentary from 2003 on screenwriter and longtime Vittorio De Sica collaborator Cesare Zavattini, directed by Carl Lizzani
  • Life as It Is, a program on the history of Italian neorealism, featuring scholar Mark Shiel
  • Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
  • Working with De Sica, a collection of interviews with screenwriter Suso Cecchi d'Amico, actor Enzo Staiola and film scholar Callisto Cosulich

Synopsis

The Bicycle Thief
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 As a result, The Bicycle Thief works as a sentimental study of a father and son, a historical document, a social statement, and a record of one of the century's most influential film movements.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

Cast & Crew

  • Lamberto Maggiorani
    Lamberto Maggiorani - Antonio Ricci
  • Lianella Carell
    Lianella Carell - Maria Ricci
  • Enzo Staiola
    Enzo Staiola - Bruno Ricci
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    Elena Altieri - The Lady
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    Vittorio Antonucci - The Thief
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