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Video Review: 'The Bicycle Thief'

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The Bicycle Thief

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
90 minutes
performer:
Lamberto Maggiorani, Lianella Carell, Gino Saltamerenda, Enzo Staiola
director:
Vittorio De Sica
Producers:
Mayer
distributor:
Mayer-Burstyn
author:
Oreste Biancoli, Suso Cecchi d'Amico, Adolfo Franci, Gherardo Gerardi, Gerardo Guerrieri, Cesare Zavattini
genre:
Drama

We gave it an A

Vittorio De Sica’s neorealist saga The Bicycle Thief, about an Italian laborer’s quest to find the stolen bicycle he needs to support his family, remains one of the most heartrending films ever (if the ending doesn’t make you cry, I don’t want to know you). Previous video versions, however, came from inferior prints; this disc is struck from a gratifyingly crisp print with the usual indecipherable white subtitles replaced by easy-to-read yellow ones. A well-dubbed American version on the analog audio channel allows you to hear dialogue (in English) and see it translated (in English). Call it neorealism for the learning impaired. A

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