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Bicycle Thieves

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Bicycle Thieves

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
director:
Vittorio De Sica
distributor:
Criterion
author:
Luigi Bartolini

We gave it an A-

One of the most famous examples of Italian neorealism — films dramatizing working-class life, often using amateur actors — Bicycle Thieves concerns a poor man whose stolen bicycle ruins not only his livelihood but his life, when he’s driven to desperate measures. EXTRAS The best is ”Working With De Sica,” containing a striking interview with Enzo Staiola (the protagonist’s son). Staiola, now middle-aged, had never acted, and is fascinating on his brush with stardom and De Sica’s methods of eliciting performances from nonprofessionals.