Bicycle thieves

Bicycle thieves

Ladri de biciclette

DVD - 2007 | Italian
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In postwar, poverty-stricken Rome, a man, hoping to support his desperate family with a new job, loses his bicycle and main means of transportation to work. With his wide-eyed young son in tow, he sets off to track down the thief.
Publisher: Irvington, N.Y. : Criterion Collection ; Santa Monica, Calif. : Distributed by Image Entertainment, [2007]
Edition: Special ed. full screen
ISBN: 9781934121245
193412124X
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (89 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 guide (75 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)
Alternative Title: Ladri de biciclette
Bicycle thief

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1aa
Apr 01, 2017

A great film that requires a little patience to watch; has a twist ending like an O. Henry story.

BookReviewer2015 Jan 19, 2015

A good family film, that is quite wholesome and enjoyable.

It helps one pose the question to themselves: what if they lost a tool for their livelihood? Interesting setting in post-World War Two Italy.

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Monolith
Sep 11, 2013

I was completely rapt in this melancholy tale, presented flawlessly by the cast, (especially the young boy playing Bruno, adorably attached to his Dad at the hip), whom I've learned were all amateur actors with no prior training. Staggering poverty. Unemployment. Desperation. And yet, faced with all that hopelessness, there still exists the fight, the will, the determination to survive from this family. The tenacity. Incredible film, start to finish. FIVE STARS.

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ericbrown
May 22, 2013

If you are interested we talked about this movie at the Carlingwood Library Film Club. We discuss three movies a month and we meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the Month

voisjoe1 Nov 20, 2012

Sometimes called “Bicycle Thief,” this is one of the greatest movies made during the period of Italian neo-realism. Absolutely tragic and harrowing! See if you can find out why it is also sometimes entitled “Bicycle Thieves.” This was later “remade” into an Hispanic-American Movie which could have been entitled “Worker’s Truck Thief.” but is entitled "A Better Life."

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yumsushi
Nov 20, 2012

I haven't been emotional invested in movie characters like this in a long time. This amazing movie captures the frustration, despair and tragedy of the postwar era. The ending left me weeping with frustration. Life is just so unfair.

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Sep 11, 2013

Antonio Ricci (to his son, Bruno, after losing sight of the old man who had ties to the bicycle thief): "...Why kill myself worrying when I'll end up just as dead anyways?" (father and son enter an upscale eatery) "Let's forget everything and get drunk!"

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