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Bicycle Thieves

Italy, Italian, 93 mins

Original Title

Ladri Di Biciclette
  • Director: Vittorio De Sica
  • Writer: Luigi Bartolini; Cesare Zavattini
  • Producer: Giuseppe Amato; Vittorio De Sica

CGiii Comment

Italian Neo-realism at its best...seemingly.
 
This has been hailed as a masterpiece...with bad dubbing and equally bad acting...it is anything but a masterpiece.
 
But, despite the monumental flaws...it is a deeply moving experience.
 

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The(ir) Blurb...

Ricci, an unemployed man in the depressed post-WWII economy of Italy, gets at last a good job - for which he needs a bike - hanging up posters. But soon his bicycle is stolen. He and his son walk the streets of Rome, looking for the bicycle. Ricci finally manages to locate the thief but with no proof, he has to abandon his cause. But he and his son know perfectly well that without a bike, Ricci won't be able to keep his job.

Cast & Characters

Lamberto Maggiorani as Antonio Ricci;
Enzo Staiola as Bruno Ricci;
Lianella Carell as Maria Ricci;
Gino Saltamerenda as Baiocco;
Vittorio Antonucci as The Thief;
Giulio Chiari as The Beggar;
Elena Altieri as The Charitable Lady;
Carlo Jachino as A Beggar;
Michele Sakara as Secretary of the Charity Organization;
Emma Druetti;
Fausto Guerzoni as Amateur Actor;
Giulio Battiferri as Citizen Who Protects the Real Thief;
Ida Bracci Dorati as La Santona;
Nando Bruno;
Eolo Capritti

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