The Bicycle Thief

The Bicycle Thief

DVD - 2003
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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.
Publisher: Chatsworth, Calif. : Image Entertainment, c2003.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (89 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,12 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bartolini, Luigi 1892-1963.


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Mar 24, 2020

Possibly the most influential of all neorealist films.

Apr 01, 2017

A great film that requires a little patience to watch; has a twist ending like an O. Henry story.

Nov 26, 2016

The story encapsulates a number of stereotypes of post-war chaos. The shambolic economy cannot provide jobs for its citizens, the government cannot protect them from crime. The mafia runs the city, everyone you meet is a suspect. If they get away with it, why can't I? The scenes from 1948 Italy give me a different perspective on the sad reports from Somalia, Afghanistan and Syria, even New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. War and poverty can drive anyone to desperation. Having learned your lesson, you are permitted to stare at the totally cool garbage trucks that would look perfect in a 1950s sci-fi movie.

BookReviewer2015 Jan 19, 2015

A good family film, that is quite wholesome and enjoyable.

It helps one pose the question to themselves: what if they lost a tool for their livelihood? Interesting setting in post-World War Two Italy.

Sep 11, 2013

I was completely rapt in this melancholy tale, presented flawlessly by the cast, (especially the young boy playing Bruno, adorably attached to his Dad at the hip), whom I've learned were all amateur actors with no prior training. Staggering poverty. Unemployment. Desperation. And yet, faced with all that hopelessness, there still exists the fight, the will, the determination to survive from this family. The tenacity. Incredible film, start to finish. FIVE STARS.

May 22, 2013

If you are interested we talked about this movie at the Carlingwood Library Film Club. We discuss three movies a month and we meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the Month

voisjoe1 Nov 20, 2012

Sometimes called “Bicycle Thief,” this is one of the greatest movies made during the period of Italian neo-realism. Absolutely tragic and harrowing! See if you can find out why it is also sometimes entitled “Bicycle Thieves.” This was later “remade” into an Hispanic-American Movie which could have been entitled “Worker’s Truck Thief.” but is entitled "A Better Life."

Nov 20, 2012

I haven't been emotional invested in movie characters like this in a long time. This amazing movie captures the frustration, despair and tragedy of the postwar era. The ending left me weeping with frustration. Life is just so unfair.


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Sep 11, 2013

Antonio Ricci (to his son, Bruno, after losing sight of the old man who had ties to the bicycle thief): "...Why kill myself worrying when I'll end up just as dead anyways?" (father and son enter an upscale eatery) "Let's forget everything and get drunk!"

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