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Rating: 8 stars


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Seen on: 11/12/2013

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Bicycle Thieves (1948)

Directed by Vittorio De Sica

Drama | Crime

Most recently watched by sleestakk


Antonio, an unemployed man in the depressed post-WWII economy of Italy, at last finds a good job hanging up posters, the only requirement for which is that he must have his own bicycle. When Antonio’s bicycle is stolen, he and his son are forced to walk the streets of Rome in search of it, or else face ruin.

Rated NR | Length 89 minutes


Sergio Leone | Giulio Battiferri | Memmo Carotenuto | Eolo Capritti | Lamberto Maggiorani | Enzo Staiola | Lianella Carell | Carlo Jachino | Giulio Chiari | Nando Bruno | Mario Meniconi | Gino Saltamerenda | Fausto Guerzoni | Elena Altieri | Vittorio Antonucci | Umberto Spadaro | Checco Rissone | Michele Sakara | Emma Druetti | Peppino Spadaro

Viewing Notes

Thought I had seen this during my Film Appreciation class in college but now having viewed this I believe we watched the short film from 1902. That or I completely forgot most of this movie. Terrific little film esp. for its time but still works today. Desperate and lived in. Feels less like a film and more like a real document of this man’s search for his stolen bike.


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