Quietly impressive acting elevates a thin plot-but this is a masterfully crafted film. 5/5
Masterpiece of Italian Neorealism, one of the best
Perhaps the pinnacle of italian neo-realism.
over 6 years
A movie people's movie. Really liked it.
almost 7 years
A small father son encounter around the context of looking for their bicycle
One of the best neo-realist films by De Sica. The Italians did sad endings so well!
A Movie that has inspired Movie-Makers
Tim Jules Hull
over 7 years
Tough times for the naive father and son team who keep letting them get away. Doh!
Bicycle Thieves (Italian: Ladri di biciclette), also known as The Bicycle Thief, is a 1948 Italian neorealist film directed by Vittorio De Sica. It tells the story of a poor man searching the streets of Rome for his stolen bicycle, which he needs to be able to work. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Luigi Bartolini and was adapted for the screen by Cesare Zavattini. It stars Lamberto Maggiorani as the poor man searching for his lost bicycle and Enzo Staiola as his son.
It was given an Academy Honorary Award in 1950, and, just four years after its release, was deemed the greatest film of all time by the magazine Sight & Sound's poll of filmmakers and critics in 1952. The film placed sixth as the greatest ever made in Sight & Sound's latest directors' poll, conducted in 2002, and was ranked in the top 10 of the BFI list of the 50 films you should see by the age of 14.
Antonio Ricci is an unemployed man in the depressed post-World War II economy of Italy. With a wife and...