The Bicycle Thief rides into audiences’ hearts and minds

9 Dec


Director Vittorio De Sica’s The Bicycle Thief is one of the memorable and meaningful films ever made. Its importance to the post-war Italian neo-realism movement in the late 1940s is obvious, but its greater impact on cinema in general is even more important, and still felt today.

The film is simple. It follows a poor father searching for his stolen bicycle, which is pivotal for his employment and the salvation of his family.

The authenticity of this film is undeniable. It connects with audiences generation after generation because people identify with what the father is going through. The main characters Antonio (Lamberto Maggiorani) and his son Bruno (Enzo Staiola) are inexperienced actors but their performances find the truth within the brilliant storytelling. The Bicycle Thief is an incredibly moving masterpiece that rides into audiences’ hearts and minds forever.


Adam’s Grade: A+

Chuck’ Grade: A+

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