Bicycle Thieves

Film School 101

Director: 
Vittorio De Sica
Year: 
1948
Rating: 
Not Rated - Appropriate for Ages 6+
Run Time: 
89 mins
Cast: 
Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell
In Italian with English Subtitles

Hailed around the world as one of the greatest movies ever made, the Academy Award–winning Bicycle Thieves, directed by Vittorio De Sica, defined an era in cinema. In poverty-stricken postwar Rome, a man is on his first day of a new job that offers hope of salvation for his desperate family when his bicycle, which he needs for work, is stolen. With his young son in tow, he sets off to track down the thief. Simple in construction and profoundly rich in human insight, Bicycle Thieves embodies the greatest strengths of the Italian neorealist movement: emotional clarity, social rectitude, and brutal honesty.