Sunday, February 13, 2011

Bicycle Thieves

Original Title: Ladri di biciclette

Starring Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, and  Lianella Carell

Directed by Vittorio De Sica

Release Dates:

November 24th, 1948 (Italy)

December 13th, 1949 (USA)

One of the finest examples of Italian Neo-Realism.

Antonio Ricci (Maggiorani) is one of many without a job in Post-WWII Italy. Soon, he's obtained a job putting up posters for the Department of Employment. The only catch? he must obtain a bicycle, and the only way for him to that is to sell his family's bedsheets. Now, Antonio has a greaat job to support his wife Maria (Carell) and son Bruno (Staiola). Only, on the first day of work, his bicycle is stolen....

This is film that is not for the faint of heart. De Sica goes on location in Rome, Italy to show the downtrodden and desperate Italians out of work and starving on the streets. The film is a true masterpiece of showcasing the helplessness and grief that comes with having little opportunities and a streak of bad luck. Lamerto Maggiorani adn Enzo Staiola make a stunning relationship as father and son, sharing the pain and struggle of trodding the streets of Rome to find a bicycle. Enzo Staiola gives a fantastic performance as Bruno, a little boy looking up to his father adn trying to make the best of this terrible situation.

Make time to see Bicycle Thieves, it's a momument of wonderful filmmaking and a striking commentary on grief, struggle, and what is takes to survive an unkind world.
Rating: * * * * * of 5
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