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Cine-real presents: The Bicycle Thieves

90 mins
1948

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This landmark Italian neorealist drama became one of the best-known and most widely acclaimed European movies. Written and directed by neorealist pioneers Cesare Zavattini and Vittorio DeSica, the movie featured all the hallmarks of the neorealist style: a simple story about the lives of ordinary people, outdoor shooting and lighting, non-actors mixed together with actors, and a focus on social problems in the aftermath of World War II.

Antonio is an unemployed man who finds a coveted job that requires a bicycle. When it is stolen on his first day of work, Antonio and his young son Bruno begin a frantic search, learning valuable lessons along the way.

DeSica focuses on the ordinary details of ordinary lives as a way to dramatize wider social issues. As a result, The Bicycle Thief works as a sentimental study of a father and son, a historical document, a social statement, and a record of one of the century's most influential film movements.

Cine-real is one of the only film clubs in the UK to exclusively play films in their original 16mm format. Cine Real is a non-profit organisation which aims to unite film makers and enthusiasts in their appreciation of classic film.


Starring:
Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell
Director:
Vittorio De Sica
Language:
Italian
Country:
Italy