Bicycle Thieves details
|Formats:||U DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Lamberto Maggiorani, Lianella Carell, Gino Salamerenda, Enzo Staiola, Lamberto Maggiorani/ Enzo Staiola|
|Director:||Vittorio De Sica|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema - Russian|
|Original title||Ladri Di Biciclette|
|Collections:||Award Winners, Award Winners & Nominees, Challenging Cinema, Decades: 40s, Eight Decades of Film, IMDb Highest Rated, Oscar Winners, The Classic Collection|
|Run time:||1 hour 34 minutes|
|Rental release:||20 Feb 2006|
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If you haven't seen this classic, get it!!By Bruce from Oxford , 04 Apr 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]This is a classic movie that I remember seeing 30 years ago with my grandfather, and every 10 years try to see it again. It is one which the images and 'simple' story have stayed with me over many years. Over half a century later, this movie is still powerful, and well worth getting if you have not seen it.
Vittorio De Sica has directed this movie depicting Italy's post WWII depression. Shot in the streets of Rome, using contemporary life of the time, the 'simple' story is of a father whose new job delivering cinema posters is threatened when a street thief steals his bicycle. The father is too poor to buy another bicycle, and he and his son scour the street trying to find another bicycle. The movie has power in in its filming of 'everyday' life and people, and is one of my all favorite movies. The images will stay with you for years later.
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An understated gemBy BenLaw (32 reviews) , 28 Nov 2012Obviously a black and white subtitled film won't be for everyone. If its very nature is not offputting, it is clear within minutes that this film is something special, and its quiet brilliance increases with every passing scene, until its understated denouement leaves you feeling bereft, an emotional impact only the very best cinema can have.
Set in post-war poverty-stricken Italy, the protagonist is given his first job in a year. He must pawn his bedsheets in order to buy back his recently pawned bicycle, essential for the job. Given the title of the film, the central conceit is clear. Despite being so obvious, the dramatic tension that this manages to generate within 8 minutes is the envy of the entirety of almost any contemporary film. The relative lack of tension at the purported impending destruction of New York in The Dark Knight Rises springs to mind.
After that, the action is slow, the dialogue short and relatively sparse. But none of that matters, scenes build at their own perfect pace, the cinematography is astounding (among the most beautiful black and white shots around, the age of the film only occasionally shown in some soft focus) and the acting superb. The real brilliance of this film is its ability to make so much of apparently so little. The simple, sumptuous pleasure of a bought meal in a restaurant is incredible. And the moral dilemma at the conclusion draws everything together: this is a morality tale (even leaving you questioning the original conceit), with themes of parenthood, childhood and lost innocence.
This is a quiet, understated film but a true gem.
A real masterpiece!By algorithm_plus (2 reviews) , 25 Aug 2012You really get a feel for the time and place (post war Roma), brilliantly acted by Lamberto Maggiorani and others
Beautiful but depressingBy Seth6xx (3 reviews) , 17 Aug 2012This is an intensely beautiful film and I just loved the boy actor. It was, however, the most depressing film I have ever seen.
Added to my favouritesBy Abby88 (168 reviews) from Bognor Regis , 15 Aug 2012Wonderful film! Very believable story and characters. Great acting, especially from the boy. I will be thinking about this film and I recommend it to others.
worth a watchBy a customer , 04 Apr 2012
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHidea great film, if a little slow...... relevant for the economic struggles people are currently going through. You can feel the desperation.
Worth a watch, especially on a rainy sunday afternoon with a cup of tea and biscuits :)