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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.
Post-film discussion led by Charlie Brown.
About the director Vittorio De Sica.
About the film.
Background on the Italian neorealism film movement.
A selection of reviews of the film.