Bicycle Theives

Director:   Vittorio De Sica
Year:   1948
Language:   Italian
Time:   89 minutes

Faced with an almost total breakdown of their pre-war social and political moorings, Italian film makers created a new film movement called neo-realism, based on the lives and suffering of the urban poor, filming on location and often using non-professional actors. Bicycle Thieves, a great example of Italian neo-realism, follows a father and son for several days as they search desperately for the stolen bicycle that is vital to their livelihood. This film received an honorary Oscar for best foreign language film and was nominated for best original screenplay.

Not rated.

Post-film discussion led by Charlie Brown.

Links

About the director Vittorio De Sica.

About the film.

Background on the Italian neorealism film movement.

A selection of reviews of the film.